SIA Semiconductors

Policy Priorities

Internet of Things

While semiconductors are commonly associated with electronic devices like PCs, smartphones, and tablets, countless other products we encounter in our day-to-day lives – household appliances, medical technology, cars, wearable devices, and many others – also rely on semiconductors as a core part of their functionality. Increasingly, these products are able to communicate with each other through a burgeoning network connected by the Internet that is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).  

Semiconductors are the fundamental enabling technology of modern electronics, including the IoT. All IoT devices require semiconductors such as microcontrollers, sensors, and memory to connect to each other and perform their intended function. The infrastructure to connect all of these devices will also rely on continued innovations in semiconductor technology. 

The promise of the IoT to transform our economy will be based, in large part, on the ability of the semiconductor industry to provide high-performing and efficient semiconductors that can connect billions of smart devices across government, industry and the consumer marketplace. This technology has the potential to result in dramatic benefits for the industrial, retail, health care, transportation, and other sectors of society.  

The IoT it is likely to pose a unique set of policy challenges and solutions. As governments consider policies to address the IoT, SIA urges the advancement of policies to accelerate IoT adoption and enable cost-effective introduction of new technologies, including open standards efforts, targeted federal funding, and impactful public-private partnerships. With these fundamental building blocks of a successful IoT ecosystem, policymakers will enable the proliferation of IoT technologies across markets and help our nation realize the significant economic and societal benefits that the IoT can deliver.

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