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Blog: 01/28/14

S.1600: A Proactive Approach to Supply Chain Security

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 01/15/14

Trade Promotion Authority Legislation Will Help Deliver Economy-Boosting Trade Agreements

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Last week, a bipartisan group of leaders from the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee introduced Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that re-establishes strong rules for the negotiation and congressional approval of trade agreements. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 (S.1900 in the Senate and H.R. 3830 in the House), […]

Trade
Blog: 01/07/14

New Research Collaboration Will Help Combat Potential Semiconductor Security Threats

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The potential threat of security-compromised semiconductors is of growing concern to the Department of Defense, U.S. national security, and our industry. While the threat may be minimal, given the magnitude of the potential impacts, it makes sense to take steps to try to reduce these risks. SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have taken […]

Anti-CounterfeitingResearch
Blog: 12/17/13

Government’s DNA Marking Requirement Increases Risks of Counterfeit Chips

by Semiconductor Industry Association

America runs on semiconductors, the tiny chips that enable all electronics. But like many products, semiconductors can be counterfeited, and these counterfeits can end up in critical consumer, industrial, medical, and military devices. The potential failure of these products could undermine our public safety and national security. 

Anti-Counterfeiting
Blog: 10/29/13

Restoring Domestic Supply of Critical Minerals Will Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Last month, the semiconductor industry and many other sectors breathed a collective sigh of relief when Congress approved legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing, medical devices, and a range of other applications. With that near-crisis in mind, SIA supports the idea of developing a plan for […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 10/28/13

SIA Commends Introduction of Legislation to Reduce Abusive Patent Litigation

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

In a statement released today, SIA commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) for his leadership in introducing the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), legislation to reduce abusive patent litigation:

Intellectual Property
Blog: 10/04/13

Enactment of Helium Legislation Strengthens American Manufacturing

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Today is National Manufacturing Day, a time to shine a light on the critical role that manufacturing plays in boosting America’s economic strength, job creation, and global competitiveness.  It’s also a day to take stock of the challenges facing U.S. manufacturing – including skilled labor shortages, non-competitive tax structures, and burdensome regulatory obstacles, among others […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 09/25/13

House Approves Helium Bill, Sends Back to Senate as Deadline Approaches

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

Helium legislation continues to bounce between the House and Senate, with both chambers overwhelmingly approving similar bills in recent days as the Oct. 1 deadline for final passage inches closer.

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 09/24/13

Why We Need Encryption Rules in the TPP and Other Trade Agreements

by Semiconductor Industry Association

A recently published paper, written by Takaaki Sashida, a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and recent research fellow at SIA, provides an in-depth exploration of the importance of incorporating encryption rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.   

Trade
Blog: 09/19/13

Working Together to Close the Innovation Deficit

by Semiconductor Industry Association

With the fiscal year coming to a close at the end of this month, there is frequent talk in Washington, D.C. about the importance of shrinking the federal budget deficit – the gap between federal expenditures and revenues. What is too often overlooked, however, is the need to close America’s innovation deficit – the gap […]

Research
Blog: 09/10/13

Broad SIA-Led Coalition Urges Congress to Enact Legislation to Secure Supply of Helium

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

A Semiconductor Industry Association-led coalition of more than 120 technology, business, medical and education leaders today called on Congress to enact legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing and other types of advanced manufacturing, as well as scientific research. The broad and diverse coalition expressed the urgent […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 08/28/13

SIA’s New Anti-Counterfeiting White Paper: A Roadmap in the Battle Against Counterfeit Semiconductors

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Like many other products, semiconductors can be counterfeited. Counterfeiters often “harvest” semiconductor components from old circuit boards and then re-mark them to indicate they are new or that they have better performance than the original components. These counterfeit semiconductors, which may be indistinguishable from authentic semiconductors, are then sold through a network of international brokers. […]

Anti-Counterfeiting