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Blog: 01/14/16

Three Ways the TPP Strengthens the Semiconductor Industry

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

SIA today testified at a hearing of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) about the critical importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. semiconductor industry and the U.S. economy. Our core message was that trade is vital to the semiconductor industry’s ability to compete, innovate, and grow. SIA highlighted three specific ways the […]

Trade
Blog: 01/13/16

Tech Industry Echoes President’s Call for Congressional Approval of TPP

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

During tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama outlined a vision for America’s future that includes priorities of great significance to the tech industry. SIA applauds the President’s support for policies to advance U.S. innovation. We also strongly support his call for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an enormous, landmark trade agreement that […]

Trade
Blog: 12/16/15

Nairobi Delivers ITA Expansion!

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

NAIROBI — At long last, the effort to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is now irreversibly bound for implementation July 1, 2016 after negotiators attending the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in this capital city of Kenya reached final agreement on the phase-out periods for the 201 tariff lines covered by this landmark trade pact. […]

Trade
Blog: 12/11/15

Bipartisan Customs Bill Would Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The House of Representatives today approved the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644/S.1269), legislation that would improve the processes in place for the movement of goods in and out of the United States. Earlier this week, SIA urged House and Senate leaders to approve this legislation and send it to the President […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 12/10/15

China Kicks ITA Expansion Negotiations to Nairobi

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

After achieving significant progress this week to put the finishing touches on the three-year effort to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), officials in Geneva were hoping the last big piece of the puzzle would fall into place today to get the negotiations completed before the WTO Ministerial Conference convenes in Nairobi next week. That […]

Trade
Blog: 11/24/15

SIA Welcomes Progress at U.S.-China Meeting on Semiconductor Issues

by Jimmy Goodrich, Vice President, Global Policy

SIA today welcomed commitments by the Chinese government to shed greater daylight on its ongoing efforts to significantly expand its indigenous semiconductor industry. During meetings of the U.S.-China Joint-Committee on Commerce & Trade (JCCT) this week, China said its semiconductor industry investments will be market-based and free from government intervention. The JCCT, which is led […]

Trade
Blog: 11/16/15

Why the U.S. Military is Interested in the Internet of Things

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

If you have followed the semiconductor market in recent years, you are probably aware that the Internet of Things (IoT) is estimated to become a major market driver of semiconductor growth, with some forecasting future market growth in the multi-millions of dollars. Indeed, what makes the potential of the IoT market so exciting is that its […]

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 11/05/15

SIA Welcomes Release of Final Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

SIA today welcomed the public release of the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a landmark trade agreement that sets key parameters for trade in the digital economy of the 21st Century. The TPP has the potential to strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and the global economy.

Trade
Blog: 11/04/15

Budget Agreement Provides Opportunity for Needed Research Investments

by Semiconductor Industry Association

President Obama this week signed into law bipartisan legislation that establishes a new budget agreement and raises the government’s debt limit until 2017. SIA and a coalition of business, scientific, and academic leaders have urged congressional leaders to take advantage of funding increases called for in the new law to bolster federal investments in scientific […]

Research
Blog: 11/03/15

3 Things You Need to Know about 2015 Noyce Award Winner Bill Holt

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Clark McFadden has been general counsel for SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for several decades. In advising SIA, Clark has been a part of many of the most seminal moments in SIA’s and the industry’s history. Tapping into Clark’s extensive knowledge, I recently interviewed him about this year’s Robert N. Noyce Award recipient, Bill […]

Blog: 11/02/15

Global Industry Reiterates Call for Restrained “Staging” for ITA Expansion

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

In a strong statement released today, more than 80 associations from around the world have again weighed in urging parties negotiating expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) to implement their tariff elimination commitments as quickly as possible, showing restraint in their requests for extended “staging.” Parties will meet again the week of Nov. 9 in […]

Trade
Blog: 10/23/15

New White House Research Initiative Will Advance Semiconductor-Driven Technologies

by Semiconductor Industry Association

SIA’s efforts to shape the federal research agenda took an important step forward this week with the announcement of a new federal initiative that addresses research needs brought to light recently by SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). In September, SIA and SRC released a report titled Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to […]

Research