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Blog: 03/15/19

Semiconductors Surpass Cars as a Top U.S. Export in 2018, Remain #4 Overall

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Semiconductors remained a top U.S. export in 2018, spurring American jobs, economic growth, and innovation. According to recently released U.S. government data, U.S. semiconductor exports in 2018 totaled $44 billion, ranking fourth among all U.S. exports, following aircraft and oil (crude and refined), and surpassing automobiles for the first time since 2010. The combination of […]

Trade
Blog: 02/22/19

White House Report Highlights Importance of Protecting IP

by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) on Feb. 4 issued the Trump Administration’s 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report. The report lays out a four-part strategy to promote and protect intellectual property (IP): engagement with trading partners, effective use of legal authorities, expanded law enforcement action and cooperation, and engagement and partnership with the private […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 02/21/19

Plea Bargain Highlights Danger of Counterfeit Semiconductors

by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to federal charges of selling counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs), some of which were destined for military systems. This case demonstrates the public health and safety threat posed by counterfeit semiconductors. In light of cases like this, U.S. Customs […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 02/14/19

More Than 1 Trillion Semiconductors Sold Annually for the First Time Ever in 2018

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

While much attention was paid last week to SIA’s release of final semiconductor sales in 2018 ($468.8 billion) and the percent growth over the previous year (13.7 percent), there was one equally impressive number that flew under the radar a bit: 1.004 trillion. That is the number of semiconductors that were sold in 2018, marking […]

Market Data
Blog: 02/11/19

SIA Welcomes Executive Order Launching ‘American AI Initiative’

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Artificial intelligence – enabled by tremendous advances in semiconductor technology – holds the potential to greatly benefit society and strengthen America’s economy, national security, and global technology leadership. We welcome President Trump’s executive order, signed earlier today, launching an “American AI Initiative” and look forward to working with his Administration and Congress to ensure this […]

Emerging TechnologiesResearch
Blog: 02/08/19

Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Per-Country Immigration Caps Would Help Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Workforce

by Maryam Khan Cope, Director, Government Affairs

Bipartisan legislation introduced yesterday in the House and Senate would help level the high-skilled immigration playing field, relieve green card backlogs, and provide U.S. semiconductor companies with greater access to the top innovators from around the world. The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 1044 and S. 386), introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 02/05/19

As Washington Sets 2019 Policy Agenda, Semiconductor Priorities Central to Debate

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

With the 116th Congress well underway and President Trump set to deliver his annual State of the Union Address tonight, policymakers are hard at work setting the legislative agenda for 2019. Figuring prominently into the policy debate in the nation’s capital are several issues of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, including trade, export control, […]

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Blog: 01/10/19

SIA Files Comments on “Emerging” Technologies

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

SIA today filed comments to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking of controls for “emerging” technologies. In accordance with requirements of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA), enacted into law as part of the defense authorization bill, BIS is required […]

Export Control
Blog: 12/19/18

SIA Applauds Congressional Passage of Quantum Computing Legislation

by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow

The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Senate-approved version of the National Quantum Initiative Act, sending the bill to President Trump’s desk for signature. SIA applauds Congress’ bipartisan approval of this important legislation, which reflects a commitment to ensuring the U.S. remains a leader in quantum technology. The National Quantum Initiative Act would create […]

Research
Blog: 12/06/18

SIA Welcomes White House Plan to Strengthen STEM Education

by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow

Earlier this week, the National Science and Technology Council released the Trump Administration’s plan to improve STEM education in the United States. The plan lays out three aspirational goals: (1) building a strong foundation for STEM literacy by ensuring every American has the opportunity to master basic STEM concepts; (2) increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM; […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 09/13/18

SIA Welcomes House Passage of Quantum Computing Legislation

by Harry Clapsis, Global Policy Fellow

Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the National Quantum Initiative Act, legislation that would create a 10-year federal program to bring a whole-of-government approach to advancing quantum information science research and development. Continued government support of quantum computing is integral to ensuring the United States remains a world leader in this promising technology. While […]

Emerging TechnologiesResearch
Blog: 08/13/18

Smart Government Policies Needed to Strengthen U.S. Leadership of Artificial Intelligence

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a potentially transformative technological leap forward, holding the potential to fundamentally change how individuals, societies, and nations interact. At the heart of all AI-related innovations is semiconductor technology. A new SIA white paper outlines the critical role of semiconductor technology in enabling AI and the government policies needed […]

Emerging Technologies