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Blog: 05/18/18

Patching Hardware Vulnerabilities Is Harder than You May Think

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

If you unlocked your smart phone right now, how many of your apps would need updating? Patches and updates are a regular part of our connected lives. But imagine if every update required you to work with the app maker, phone service provider, phone manufacturer, phone operating system provider, and the dozen or so semiconductor […]

Blog: 05/10/18

SIA Participates in Unveiling of New Report Detailing the Development of the Semiconductor Industry in New York’s Capital Region

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

Earlier this week, SIA president and CEO, John Neuffer, delivered opening remarks at an event commemorating the unveiling of key findings from a new report on how the semiconductor industry has transformed the New York Capital Region. The report, which was authored by Professor Dr. Charles Wessner of Georgetown University and Thomas Howell, describes in […]

Research
Blog: 03/19/18

SIA Provides Input to Government on Priorities for Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S.

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

SIA submitted comments to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) earlier this month on the development of its National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. OSTP sought guidance on improving government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research […]

Trade
Blog: 03/07/18

Industry Groups Call for Pakistan to Join Information Technology Agreement

by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy

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

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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 […]

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Blog: 11/20/17

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

by Falan Yinug, Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy

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

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

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 […]

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