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Blog: 06/05/19

Semiconductor Counterfeiter Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison

by Harry Clapsis, Government Affairs Associate

Most Americans have encountered counterfeit wristwatches or handbags, but many are unaware of the threat posed by counterfeiters of a product at the heart of modern technology: semiconductors. A reminder of the dangers of counterfeit semiconductors occurred on May 30, when Rogelio Vasquez was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to selling […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 05/21/19

The 2019 SIA Factbook: Your Top Source for Semiconductor Industry Data

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Where can you get key facts about the semiconductor industry and market, including the size of the global semiconductor market ($469 billion), U.S. semiconductor industry market share (45 percent), and the top end-use market for semiconductors (communication devices)? These data points and many more are now available in the recently released 2019 SIA Factbook. [Download the […]

Market Data
Blog: 05/17/19

White House Plan Prioritizes Skills-Based Immigration

by Maryam Khan Cope, Director, Government Affairs

President Trump yesterday announced a plan to reform America’s immigration system by prioritizing skills-based immigration. While the full text of the plan has not been released, we hope the President’s announcement marks a step toward bipartisan action to reform America’s high-skilled immigration system. As an engine of economic growth for America, the semiconductor industry has long […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 05/14/19

Second-Place America? New Report Highlights Mounting Global Competition for Technology Leadership

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

America’s competitive edge is at risk, as China and other competing countries take bold steps aimed at surpassing the U.S. as the global technology leader, according to a report released today by the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), an alliance of U.S. leaders in business, science, and academia. The report, titled Second Place America: […]

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Blog: 04/24/19

Winning the Race to 5G and Beyond Requires Ramping Up Public-Private Research

by Maryam Khan Cope, Director, Government Affairs

Earlier this month, President Trump announced an effort aimed at helping to ensure America wins the global race to deploy 5G wireless technology. Advanced wireless networks such as 5G hold the promise to revolutionize the way we communicate, work, and live by seamlessly connecting our cars, devices, and entertainment with unprecedented speed and security. At […]

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Blog: 04/09/19

U.S. Semiconductor Firms Top List of U.S. Patent Recipients in 2018

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

U.S. companies engaged in semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing were among the top U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2018, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. semiconductor firms consistently rank high on this list, because the U.S. semiconductor industry invests roughly one-fifth of its annual sales into research […]

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Blog: 03/22/19

Semiconductor Demand Drivers Increase Across the Board in 2018

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Semiconductors enable a wide variety of products, from smartphones and computers to cars and industrial equipment. Newly released data on 2018 semiconductor sales by broad product category, known as “end-use,” show sales increased across all categories, while end-use category shares remained remarkably stable from 2017. This is according to the 2018 annual Semiconductor End-Use Survey […]

Market Data
Blog: 03/15/19

Semiconductors Surpass Cars as a Top U.S. Export in 2018, Remain #4 Overall

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Semiconductors remained a top U.S. export in 2018, spurring American jobs, economic growth, and innovation. According to recently released U.S. government data, U.S. semiconductor exports in 2018 totaled $44 billion, ranking fourth among all U.S. exports, following aircraft and oil (crude and refined), and surpassing automobiles for the first time since 2010. The combination of […]

Trade
Blog: 02/22/19

White House Report Highlights Importance of Protecting IP

by Harry Clapsis, Government Affairs Associate

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) on Feb. 4 issued the Trump Administration’s 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report. The report lays out a four-part strategy to promote and protect intellectual property (IP): engagement with trading partners, effective use of legal authorities, expanded law enforcement action and cooperation, and engagement and partnership with the private […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 02/21/19

Plea Bargain Highlights Danger of Counterfeit Semiconductors

by Harry Clapsis, Government Affairs Associate

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to federal charges of selling counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs), some of which were destined for military systems. This case demonstrates the public health and safety threat posed by counterfeit semiconductors. In light of cases like this, U.S. Customs […]

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 02/14/19

More Than 1 Trillion Semiconductors Sold Annually for the First Time Ever in 2018

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

While much attention was paid last week to SIA’s release of final semiconductor sales in 2018 ($468.8 billion) and the percent growth over the previous year (13.7 percent), there was one equally impressive number that flew under the radar a bit: 1.004 trillion. That is the number of semiconductors that were sold in 2018, marking […]

Market Data
Blog: 02/11/19

SIA Welcomes Executive Order Launching ‘American AI Initiative’

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Artificial intelligence – enabled by tremendous advances in semiconductor technology – holds the potential to greatly benefit society and strengthen America’s economy, national security, and global technology leadership. We welcome President Trump’s executive order, signed earlier today, launching an “American AI Initiative” and look forward to working with his Administration and Congress to ensure this […]

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