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Blog: 01/05/15

What’s the Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Priorities in the New Congress?

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

As we prepare for the official start of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, it’s a good time to assess the election results and the landscape for semiconductor industry priorities in the new Congress. The most notable change in Washington from the 2014 elections is that Republicans gained the majority in the U.S. Senate for […]

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Blog: 12/31/14

How to Stop Counterfeit Semiconductors

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Imagine if the complex electronics on a U.S. nuclear submarine were compromised by counterfeit microchips, or semiconductors. It might sound like the plot of an action film, but this story came dangerously close to being a reality. Earlier this year, a man named Peter Picone admitted that he sent counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 12/17/14

One-Year Extension of R&D Credit is Progress, but Congress Has More Work to Do

by Semiconductor Industry Association

On Dec. 16, the Senate approved legislation that provides a one-year, retroactive extension of the R&D tax credit, as well as an extension of bonus depreciation and the CFC look-thru rule, all of which lapsed at the end of 2013. The House passed this bill on Dec. 3 and it will soon be signed into […]

Tax
Blog: 12/08/14

The Benefits of Including Multi-Component Semiconductors in an Expanded Information Technology Agreement

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators have returned to Geneva to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines. Included on this list of new products are […]

Trade
Press Release: 12/05/14

Semiconductor Industry Forecasts Broad and Sustained Sales Growth for 2015

by Semiconductor Industry Association

This year is not yet complete, and analysts are already considering the outlook for 2015! Such is the case for our industry, which is known for always looking ahead, right? Given that the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program released its Fall semiconductor industry forecast earlier this month on December 2, it seems appropriate now to […]

Market Data
Blog: 12/03/14

What is a Multi-Component Semiconductor (MCO)?

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Following a key breakthrough between China and the United States on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders meeting in Beijing in November, negotiators return to Geneva tomorrow to resume, and hopefully conclude, an expanded Information Technology Agreement that extends duty-free coverage to approximately 200 new technology product lines, including next-generation semiconductors known as multi-component semiconductors […]

Trade
Blog: 11/21/14

Semiconductor Industry Reaction to President’s Announcement on Immigration

by Semiconductor Industry Association

For too long, America’s broken high-skilled immigration system has been an obstacle to U.S. innovation, job creation and economic growth. SIA has long advocated for increasing the number of green cards available to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduates and expanding the H-1B visa program. Unfortunately, the divisive politics of the broader immigration debate […]

Workforce & Immigration
Blog: 11/18/14

SIA Award Dinner Caps Successful Week for Semiconductor Industry

by Dan Rosso, Vice President, Communications

Last week was a busy and highly productive one for SIA and our members.  

Trade
Press Release: 11/07/14

Semiconductor Market Continues Record Setting Pace in Third Quarter of 2014

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Third quarter global semiconductor industry sales reached a record high of $87 billion, as reported earlier this week in SIA’s most recent monthly global sales report. This figure marked a 5.7 percent increase over the second quarter global sales totals.

Market Data
Blog: 10/29/14

SIA China IP Priorities Raised at Roundtable with China Intellectual Property Rights Center

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Last Friday, SIA and several other U.S. high tech industry association representatives participated in a roundtable dialogue with Director Zhao Tianwu and other officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Electronics Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center. The MIIT Electronics IPR Center is highly influential in shaping Chinese policy on matters such as […]

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Blog: 10/15/14

Global Semiconductor Industry Urges Governments to Prevent Restrictions on Encryption Technology

by Semiconductor Industry Association

This week, semiconductor industry representatives from around the world will meet in Fukuoka, Japan to deliver recommendations to global governments on a range of trade issues at the 15th annual Governments/Authorities Meeting on Semiconductors (GAMS). 

Intellectual PropertyTrade
Blog: 10/10/14

SIA White Paper: Semiconductor Industry Has Grown U.S. Economy through Innovation

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Sixty-four years ago this month, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent to three semiconductor pioneers for the transistor, the building block for semiconductor innovation. Since then, the U.S. semiconductor industry has continued to innovate at an impressive rate, thus contributing significantly to U.S. economic growth. In fact, a recently published SIA white paper concludes that […]

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