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Blog: 09/18/15

SIA’s Dustin Todd to Serve as Chair of Task Force on American Innovation

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Dustin Todd, director of government affairs at SIA, this week became co-chairman of the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), a coalition of U.S. companies, research universities, and scientific societies that promotes federal investments in scientific research. Dustin succeeds Texas Instruments’ Gene Irisari, who did a tremendous job advancing the coalition’s research priorities over the […]

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Blog: 08/27/15

SIA White Paper: Facts about Semiconductor Manufacturing

by Semiconductor Industry Association

A newly published SIA white paper affirms that U.S. semiconductor companies do the majority of their manufacturing in the United States, and semiconductors are one of America’s top manufactured exports, behind only aircraft and automobiles.

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Blog: 08/26/15

Remembering Semiconductor Industry Leader Thomas Hinkelman, 1925-2015

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

SIA and the entire semiconductor community are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Thomas David Hinkelman, one of the first leaders of SIA and a true semiconductor industry champion. Tom served as SIA’s Executive Director from 1977-1985, helping guide the association and our industry through a period of great transition and growth. He later […]

Blog: 08/13/15

SIA White Paper: U.S. Semiconductor Industry is America’s Most Innovative Manufacturing Industry

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The U.S. semiconductor industry is America’s most innovative manufacturing industry and ranks near the top in terms of overall competitiveness, according to a newly published SIA white paper. Based in part on a methodology used by the United Nations to rank the economic competitiveness of nations, the white paper finds that the U.S. semiconductor industry ranks […]

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Blog: 08/06/15

The 2015 SIA Factbook: Your Source for Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

by Semiconductor Industry Association

What U.S. industry spends a higher share of sales on research and development than any other U.S. industry? What U.S. industry had a sales-revenue-per-employee ratio in 2014 of $667,000, the highest level in its history and among the highest of any U.S. industry? What U.S. industry directly employs a quarter of a million workers in […]

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Blog: 07/31/15

White House Launches Initiative to Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Supercomputing

by Semiconductor Industry Association

President Obama this week issued an executive order launching a new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to maintain and strengthen U.S. leadership in leading-edge computing technology. The NSCI calls for government, industry, and academia to collaborate on research, development, and deployment of high-performance computing (HPC): “Maximizing the benefits […]

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Blog: 07/30/15

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Next Monday, SIA will release its June 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half (H1) of 2015. As we approach the halfway point, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far, and what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release?

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Blog: 07/28/15

Thailand Gives ITA Expansion “Critical Mass”

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Yesterday, we learned Taiwan had officially decided to support the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Today, the good news keeps rolling in with Thailand now joining the larger group of negotiating parties to the agreement that finalized the list last Friday. With this, Thailand has delivered the all-important […]

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Blog: 07/27/15

Another Good Day for Trade as Taiwan Gives Approval to ITA Expansion

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Following the good news on Friday the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was formally approved in Geneva, Taiwan today has decided to climb on board to officially support the list and the accompanying declaration.

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Blog: 07/24/15

A Good Day for Trade as ITA Expansion Rolls On

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Following a tense, last-minute dust up, an agreement on the product list to expand the scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) won final approval today by all but a handful of the 54 countries involved in the talks during a meeting of ambassadors in Geneva. This is a decisive step forward in the hard-fought, […]

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Blog: 07/18/15

It’s a Deal: ITA Negotiations on Track to Conclude on Friday

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

GENEVA – As negotiations to expand the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) got under way this morning, Geneva was cloaked in dreary, gray skies. But by this afternoon, the clouds had swept past, a brilliant sun emerged, and the ambassadors from the members of World Trade Organization (WTO) involved in the talks […]

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Blog: 07/16/15

Nanotechnology Research Key to Big Semiconductor Breakthroughs

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The world’s big challenges are increasingly solved using technology that is exceedingly small. Nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules, is making possible breakthroughs across a range of applications, including transportation, health care, clean energy, communications, and entertainment. The semiconductor industry designs and manufactures at the nanoscale level and depends heavily on […]

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