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Blog: 04/29/15

How are Semiconductor Sales Shaping up for the First Quarter of 2015?

Next Monday, SIA will release its March 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include sales totals for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015. With two-thirds of Q1 sales already in the books, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far and what questions should we be thinking about ahead of next week’s GSR release?

Market Data
Blog: 04/23/15

Congress Should Approve Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

This week, House and Senate committees are considering the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015), legislation that would enable free trade agreements, strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, and promote job creation and growth throughout the U.S. economy. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill late yesterday with bipartisan support, and the […]

Trade
Blog: 04/22/15

House Science Committee Considers Legislation to Authorize Funding for Research

The House Science Committee today will consider legislation to authorize federal funding for key research and technology programs. The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) would allow for needed investments in agencies that drive growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and throughout our economy, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute […]

Research
Press Release: 04/16/15

Semiconductor CEOs Urge Congress to Enact Trade Promotion Authority to Spur Growth, Innovation

WASHINGTON—April 16, 2015—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today applauded bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). The SIA board of directors, led by Intel […]

Trade
Blog: 04/16/15

What is Moore’s Law and Why is it So Great?

April 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gordon Moore’s seminal article in Electronics Magazine, which laid out the pace at which semiconductor technology advancement would occur. This observation, which has come to be known as “Moore’s Law,” states that the number of transistors on a semiconductor would double every two years, thereby rapidly […]

Research
Press Release: 04/08/15

Jimmy Goodrich Joins Semiconductor Industry Association as Vice President, Global Policy

WASHINGTON—April 8, 2015—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that Jimmy Goodrich has joined the association as Vice President, Global Policy. Goodrich will oversee SIA’s international policy initiatives, promoting the U.S. semiconductor industry’s interests globally and working closely with SIA member companies, the Administration, Congress, domestic and […]

Press Release: 04/06/15

Global Semiconductor Sales Increase in February Compared to Last Year

FEBRUARY MARKS GLOBAL MARKET’S 22ND STRAIGHT MONTH OF YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH; AMERICAS POST STRONGEST GROWTH AMONG REGIONAL MARKETS WASHINGTON—April 6, 2015—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $27.8 billion for the month of February 2015, an increase of 6.7 percent from February 2014 […]

Blog: 04/02/15

H-1B Visa Limit Shows Urgent Need for Immigration Reform

When it comes to America’s high-skilled immigration system, demand for talent far exceeds supply. That unfortunate fact will be reinforced this week as the U.S. government begins accepting applications from employers for H-1B visas for highly educated workers who are needed to fill open jobs in the U.S. Since U.S. businesses demand far more skilled […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 04/01/15

The SIA Factbook: Your Source for the Latest Semiconductor Industry and Market Data

Did you know that the global semiconductor industry reached record sales of $336 billion in 2014? Did you know that the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 51 percent of the global market in 2014? Did you know that semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2014 behind only airplanes and automobiles? These […]

Market Data
Blog: 03/18/15

What End Use Applications Drove Semiconductor Sales in 2014?

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization recently published its annual Semiconductor End-Use Report for 2014, which breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major semiconductor end applications by percent share of total semiconductor end sales for 2014.

Market Data
Blog: 03/17/15

Myths vs. Facts: Setting the Record Straight on Immigration

When it comes to the immigration debate in Washington, too often the facts get lost in the rhetoric. To set the record straight on immigration, SIA and a group of 18 other industry leaders have developed a document titled “Debunking the Myth that Immigration Harms America.” The document, which was presented today at a hearing […]

Immigration & Workforce
Blog: 03/10/15

UN Should Not Prohibit Use of Chemicals Vital to Semiconductor Manufacturing

At a meeting in Vienna, Austria this week, a United Nations commission will decide whether to restrict the use of two chemicals of critical importance to the semiconductor industry under an international drug control agreement. In comments to the U.S. government, SIA outlined its strong opposition to the restriction of these chemicals and urged U.S. […]

Environment, Health & Safety
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