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Blog: 03/07/18

Industry Groups Call for Pakistan to Join Information Technology Agreement

A coalition of U.S. and Pakistan business organizations, led by SIA and the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, have sent a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi of Pakistan urging the Pakistan government to join the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and ITA expansion. The letter is part of a broader global industry push to expand the […]

Trade
Blog: 01/31/18

Our 2018 Policy Plan to Drive U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Trump highlighted achievements from his first year in office and laid out his policy agenda for 2018. The President touched on a range of issues, including some of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, such as tax, trade, and immigration. Moving forward, SIA remains focused […]

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Blog: 01/26/18

SIA Applauds Introduction of I-Squared Act to Improve High-Skilled Immigration System

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) this week introduced S. 2344, the Immigration Innovation Act (I-Squared Act), legislation that would make needed reforms to America’s broken high-skilled immigration system. SIA supports the I-Squared Act and urges Congress to approve it.

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 01/24/18

SIA Applauds New DARPA Investments in JUMP Centers

Building on more than a decade of collaborations, DARPA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have announced the next phase of their partnership to advance semiconductor technologies that will help strengthen our national security. The partners kicked off their new Joint University Microelectronics Program (JUMP) with the launch of six new research centers led by […]

Research
Blog: 01/19/18

SIA Joins Coalition in Support of H-4 Visa Rule

SIA and a coalition of 10 other business and tech advocacy groups this week voiced their support for the H-4 Visa Rule, which allows spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work in the United States. In a letter to Lee Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the groups urged the Trump […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 12/07/17

Semiconductor Caucus Calls on Congress to Prioritize R&D Investments

As Congress works toward finalizing funding for fiscal year 2018, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Semiconductor Caucus – Sens. James Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Reps. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) – have urged leaders of the congressional Appropriations Committees to prioritize “investments in research and development (R&D) that contribute to […]

Research
Blog: 12/06/17

Foreign-Derived Deduction, AMT Repeal Top SIA Priorities for Tax Conference

With both the House and Senate having passed sweeping tax reform bills recently, a conference committee is expected to convene soon to reconcile differences in the respective bills and set forth final legislation to be approved by Congress and sent to the President for signature. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, SIA yesterday […]

Tax
Blog: 11/20/17

Agreement on Regional Support Guidelines Headlines Meeting of Global Semiconductor Industry, Governments

Free and open markets and transparency are critical to the success of the global semiconductor industry. Earlier this month, governments from the major semiconductor-producing regions agreed to support industry-adopted guidelines and best practices for communicating about regional support programs in the industry. Regional support refers to government-led industrial policies aimed at promoting domestic semiconductor sectors.

Trade
Blog: 11/09/17

Coalition Highlights Importance of Trade Secrets Protection

SIA and a coalition of business, technology, and manufacturing leaders this week sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to highlight the importance of strong international trade secret protections that boost the competitiveness of U.S. companies and workers. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property vital to continued growth and innovation in […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 10/26/17

Budget Approval Paves Way for Much-Needed Corporate Tax Reform

The House voted today to approve a budget resolution agreed to by the Senate last week, clearing the way for congressional consideration of legislation to reform America’s outdated corporate tax code. SIA urges policymakers in Washington to seize this opportunity and enact corporate tax reform that allows U.S. semiconductor companies to continue to grow and […]

Tax
Blog: 10/03/17

SIA Calls for National Strategy to Spur Internet of Things

At a forum on Capitol Hill earlier today, SIA and other tech and business leaders called for a national strategy to harness the immense potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), the semiconductor-enabled network of devices connected to the cloud from which data can be collected and analyzed, and to ensure U.S. leadership in this […]

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 09/15/17

DARPA Rolls Out $75 Million in New Semiconductor Research Investments

This week, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a new program called the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) that includes $75 million in new semiconductor research investments. The new investments are in addition to current programs in semiconductor R&D – including the Joint University Microelectronics Program, or JUMP – for a total of […]

Research