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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
Blog: 10/16/15

Meet Leon Panetta At SIA’s Annual Award Dinner

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Leon Panetta has had one of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years serving as both the Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense.  In his recently published book, Worthy Fights, Panetta recounts his storied career in public service and details his time at the Defense Department, […]

Blog: 10/09/15

The Critical Nexus Between Innovation and Basic Research for the Chip Industry

by Semiconductor Industry Association

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times ran a news story about the future of the semiconductor industry, Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips (Sept 26, 2012). The premise of the article was that the guiding principle of Moore’s Law is slowing and that unless there are other breakthroughs in chip […]

Research
Blog: 10/09/15

Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets Would Strengthen Semiconductor Industry

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

SIA this week endorsed bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the protection of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890 and H.R. 3326) would create a federal civil cause of action that would empower U.S. companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court. The lead sponsors of the Senate bill, Sens. […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 10/07/15

Congress Has Historic Opportunity to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

On Oct. 11, 1976, the primary federal law pertaining to federal oversight of the production and use of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was enacted. The law has not been updated since, and there is widespread consensus from a wide range of stakeholders that the law needs to be reformed. In the coming […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 10/02/15

MFG DAY 2015: Semiconductor Manufacturing Critical to America’s Strength, Competitiveness

by Dan Rosso, Director, Communications

Today is National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY), a time to highlight the strength and promise of American manufacturers and address the collective challenges they face. MFG DAY gives a unified voice to manufacturers across the United States and draws attention to the actions needed to ensure the future success of American manufacturing. There is no […]

Blog: 10/02/15

Dance on ITA “Staging” Begins

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

GENEVA – Negotiators working to expand product coverage of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) held a series of meetings this week here that amounted to an initial “show-and-tell” on how far they are willing to go when it comes to assigning specific timeframes for tariff elimination for the myriad tech products covered by the agreement. […]

Trade
Blog: 09/23/15

Global Industry Urges ITA Negotiators to Show Restraint on Staging

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

Following the hard-fought agreement achieved in July on the product list to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), negotiators will return to Geneva next week to sort through implementation timeframes for the 201 high-tech product lines to be covered by ITA expansion. These timeframes are known as “staging,” the periods over which tariffs are eliminated. […]

Trade