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Blog: 05/26/15

Senate Should Approve Legislation to Strengthen and Extend R&D Tax Credit

On May 20, the House of Representatives approved the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (H.R. 880), bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the R&D tax credit and make it permanent. SIA applauds House passage of this needed legislation and urges the Senate to swiftly approve it as well. No industry has a greater commitment […]

Tax
Blog: 05/26/15

Senate Approval of TPA a Big Win for Semiconductor Industry, U.S. Economy

On Friday night, the U.S. Senate approved bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation that would foster free trade, promote job creation, and spur growth in the semiconductor industry and throughout the U.S. economy. SIA applauds the Senate for passing this much-needed legislation and urges the House of Representatives to move quickly to do the same. The […]

Trade
Blog: 05/21/15

What U.S. States Are Leading Exporters of Semiconductors? Some May Surprise You

The U.S. Census Bureau publishes annual data on exports by state, and the recently published full-year 2014 semiconductor state export numbers provide some interesting takeaways. First, all 50 U.S. states exported semiconductors in 2014. This reflects the regional diversification of semiconductor manufacturing and the pervasiveness of the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain in the United States. […]

Trade
Blog: 05/20/15

SIA Supports Efforts to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

The sound regulation of chemicals essential to semiconductor manufacturing is a key issue for the continued success of the U.S. semiconductor industry. SIA is encouraged that both houses of Congress have developed bipartisan bills (S. 697; House Discussion Draft) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including positive reforms on many issues of interest […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 05/07/15

#addwomen

Earlier this year, SIA Chairman and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich made a major announcement launching Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion initiative. The initiative provides $300 million for support of women and under-represented minorities (URM), a strong leadership move and financial commitment to increase the number of women and URMs in tech. While it’s not a […]

Research
Blog: 05/06/15

SIA Joins Effort to Develop International Anti-counterfeiting Curriculum for Customs Officers

Last week, SIA participated in sessions hosted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to develop anti-counterfeiting resources for customs officers around the world. The meetings covered a broad range of counterfeit products, including semiconductors. Experts representing rights holders and customs agencies participated in the week-long development series, including customs officials from the United States, Hong […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 04/29/15

How are Semiconductor Sales Shaping up for the First Quarter of 2015?

Next Monday, SIA will release its March 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include sales totals for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015. With two-thirds of Q1 sales already in the books, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far and what questions should we be thinking about ahead of next week’s GSR release?

Market Data
Blog: 04/23/15

Congress Should Approve Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

This week, House and Senate committees are considering the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), legislation that would enable free trade agreements, strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, and promote job creation and growth throughout the U.S. economy. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill late yesterday with bipartisan support, and the […]

Trade
Blog: 04/22/15

House Science Committee Considers Legislation to Authorize Funding for Research

The House Science Committee today will consider legislation to authorize federal funding for key research and technology programs. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) would allow for needed investments in agencies that drive growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and throughout our economy, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute […]

Research
Blog: 04/16/15

What is Moore’s Law and Why is it So Great?

April 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gordon Moore’s seminal article in Electronics Magazine, which laid out the pace at which semiconductor technology advancement would occur. This observation, which has come to be known as “Moore’s Law,” states that the number of transistors on a semiconductor would double every two years, thereby rapidly […]

Research
Blog: 04/02/15

H-1B Visa Limit Shows Urgent Need for Immigration Reform

When it comes to America’s high-skilled immigration system, demand for talent far exceeds supply. That unfortunate fact will be reinforced this week as the U.S. government begins accepting applications from employers for H-1B visas for highly educated workers who are needed to fill open jobs in the U.S. Since U.S. businesses demand far more skilled […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 04/01/15

The SIA Factbook: Your Source for the Latest Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Did you know that the global semiconductor industry reached record sales of $336 billion in 2014? Did you know that the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 51 percent of the global market in 2014? Did you know that semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2014 behind only airplanes and automobiles? These […]

Market Data
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