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Blog: 05/19/16

Trade Panel Finds TPP Would Boost U.S. Economy, Create Jobs

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has found what SIA has long held: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would strengthen U.S. economic growth, increase U.S. exports, and create U.S. jobs. In a report released yesterday, the ITC found by 2032 the TPP would increase U.S. annual real income by $57.3 billion, boost U.S. GDP by $42.7 […]

Trade
Blog: 05/10/16

High-Performance Computing Critical to U.S. Innovation, Competitiveness

by Semiconductor Industry Association

From curing diseases and making passenger jets safer to improving weather forecasts and developing new advanced manufacturing techniques, high-performance computing (HPC) enables countless breakthroughs that keep America strong, safe, competitive, and at the leading edge of innovation. A new report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) examines the many critical applications of HPC […]

Blog: 05/04/16

Tech Weighs in on Presidential Agenda

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

As the presidential election year comes into sharper focus this week, the tech community is weighing in with the priorities it believes should be central to the public debate in the months ahead – priorities that are critical to sustaining a strong America and a strong American economy. In an open letter sent today to […]

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Blog: 05/04/16

Beyond Borders: The Evolution and Importance of the Global Semiconductor Value Chain

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Few industries, if any, feature a value chain as complex, geographically dispersed, and intensely interconnected as that of the semiconductor industry. This highly globalized and interdependent structure has been an amazing success story, benefitting the semiconductor industry, participating countries, and the global economy. These benefits, as well as the risks of an insular approach to […]

Trade
Blog: 05/02/16

TPP Would Strengthen America’s Global Standing

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Trade has been a frequent and heated topic of debate in the presidential campaign, including the economic impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Too often lost in the political rhetoric is this simple truth – the TPP would not only strengthen the U.S. economy but also America’s position of leadership in the world. A […]

Trade
Blog: 04/27/16

Senate Committee Considers Risks of Counterfeits

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

The Senate Judiciary Committee today convened a hearing to assess the risks to public health and safety posed by counterfeit products. The hearing covered the full range of counterfeit products, including consumer products, health and personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. While counterfeit semiconductors were not a focus of the hearing, the risks posed by counterfeit […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 04/04/16

Senate Votes to Protect Trade Secrets; House Should Follow Suit

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

The Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen the protection of trade secrets. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property critical to continued growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and across the U.S. economy. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890) would provide owners of trade secrets with new legal tools to prevent the theft […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 04/01/16

The 2016 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Data

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Did you know global semiconductor industry sales reached $335 billion in 2015? Did you know the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 50 percent of the global market in 2015? Did you know semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2015, behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now […]

Market Data
Blog: 03/31/16

What End-Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2015?

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Communications (34.1 percent of total sales) and PCs/computers (29.7 percent) remained the top semiconductor markets by end-use in 2015, according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Semiconductor End-Use Report. The report breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major […]

Market Data
Blog: 03/22/16

Don’t Write Off the Innovation Box

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, recently stated the Obama Administration believes “…adopting an innovation box would move tax policy in the wrong direction, increasing complexity and cost without a commensurate boost to innovation.” We, however, believe it’s premature to write off the innovation box, which provides a lower tax rate […]

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Blog: 03/16/16

U.S. Semiconductor Companies Dominate List of Top Patent Recipients

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

U.S. semiconductor companies, including several SIA members, were among the top corporate recipients of U.S. patents in 2015, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Intellectual Property
Blog: 03/09/16

The Semiconductor Seven: SIA’s Top Trade Priorities

by Semiconductor Industry Association

President Obama released his 2016 Trade Policy Agenda on March 2. This thick document includes a raft of trade priorities for this Administration, including major trade agreements either under negotiation or completed: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and expansion of the Information […]

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