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Blog: 06/05/19

Semiconductor Counterfeiter Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison

by Harry Clapsis, Government Affairs Associate

Most Americans have encountered counterfeit wristwatches or handbags, but many are unaware of the threat posed by counterfeiters of a product at the heart of modern technology: semiconductors. A reminder of the dangers of counterfeit semiconductors occurred on May 30, when Rogelio Vasquez was sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty to selling […]

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Press Release: 05/24/19

Semiconductor Leaders Strike Agreement on Global Policy Agenda

World Semiconductor Council to present proposals to governments in October WASHINGTON—May 24, 2019—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today welcomed a policy agreement reached by global semiconductor industry leaders at the 23rd annual meeting of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) this week in Xiamen, China. The agreement sets forth policy proposals to strengthen the industry through […]

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Blog: 02/21/19

Plea Bargain Highlights Danger of Counterfeit Semiconductors

by Harry Clapsis, Government Affairs Associate

Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to federal charges of selling counterfeit integrated circuits (ICs), some of which were destined for military systems. This case demonstrates the public health and safety threat posed by counterfeit semiconductors. In light of cases like this, U.S. Customs […]

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Blog: 02/05/19

As Washington Sets 2019 Policy Agenda, Semiconductor Priorities Central to Debate

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

With the 116th Congress well underway and President Trump set to deliver his annual State of the Union Address tonight, policymakers are hard at work setting the legislative agenda for 2019. Figuring prominently into the policy debate in the nation’s capital are several issues of great significance to the U.S. semiconductor industry, including trade, export control, […]

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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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Press Release: 05/19/17

Global Semiconductor Leaders Reach Agreement on Policy Agenda

WORLD SEMICONDUCTOR COUNCIL TO PRESENT PROPOSALS TO GOVERNMENTS WASHINGTON—May 19, 2017—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today welcomed recommendations agreed to by global semiconductor industry leaders at the 21st annual meeting of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) this week in Kyoto, Japan. The agreement sets forth a […]

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Blog: 02/02/17

Our 2017 Policy Plan to Spur U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

With the presidential inauguration behind us and the 115th Congress now underway, SIA is focused on working with the Trump Administration and Congress to enact policies that will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. The unifying goal of our 8-point policy plan, outlined below, is to promote U.S. job […]

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Blog: 08/03/16

DoD Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Stop Counterfeits

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The Department of Defense (DoD) yesterday issued a new regulation that will greatly reduce the risks of counterfeit microelectronics entering the military supply chain. SIA has long-sought changes to DoD procurement practices that lead to counterfeits and non-trustworthy microelectronics ending up in critical military systems. The new DoD rule marks a landmark victory in the […]

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Blog: 04/27/16

Senate Committee Considers Risks of Counterfeits

by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs

The Senate Judiciary Committee today convened a hearing to assess the risks to public health and safety posed by counterfeit products. The hearing covered the full range of counterfeit products, including consumer products, health and personal care products, and pharmaceuticals. While counterfeit semiconductors were not a focus of the hearing, the risks posed by counterfeit […]

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Press Release: 02/11/16

Bipartisan Customs Bill Combats Counterfeit Semiconductors

LEGISLATION ALLOWS GREATER COLLABORATION BETWEEN U.S. GOVERNMENT, SEMICONDUCTOR COMPANIES TO ROOT OUT DANGEROUS COUNTERFEITS WASHINGTON—Feb. 11, 2016—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research, today applauded congressional approval of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644/S.1269), bipartisan Customs legislation that includes a key provision to […]

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Blog: 01/19/16

Our 8-Point Plan to Advance Semiconductor Industry Priorities in 2016

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

SIA has long championed federal policies that promote U.S. innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Now that the 114th Congress has reached its midpoint and lawmakers have resumed legislative work in the new year, it’s a good time to assess the progress made in 2015 on some of the semiconductor industry’s policy priorities and the […]

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Blog: 12/11/15

Bipartisan Customs Bill Would Combat Counterfeit Semiconductors

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The House of Representatives today approved the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644/S.1269), legislation that would improve the processes in place for the movement of goods in and out of the United States. Earlier this week, SIA urged House and Senate leaders to approve this legislation and send it to the President […]

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