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Blog: 05/04/16

Tech Weighs in on Presidential Agenda

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

As the presidential election year comes into sharper focus this week, the tech community is weighing in with the priorities it believes should be central to the public debate in the months ahead – priorities that are critical to sustaining a strong America and a strong American economy. In an open letter sent today 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: 11/04/15

Budget Agreement Provides Opportunity for Needed Research Investments

by Semiconductor Industry Association

President Obama this week signed into law bipartisan legislation that establishes a new budget agreement and raises the government’s debt limit until 2017. SIA and a coalition of business, scientific, and academic leaders have urged congressional leaders to take advantage of funding increases called for in the new law to bolster federal investments in scientific […]

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Blog: 10/23/15

New White House Research Initiative Will Advance Semiconductor-Driven Technologies

by Semiconductor Industry Association

SIA’s efforts to shape the federal research agenda took an important step forward this week with the announcement of a new federal initiative that addresses research needs brought to light recently by SIA and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). In September, SIA and SRC released a report titled Rebooting the IT Revolution: A Call to […]

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Blog: 10/09/15

The Critical Nexus Between Innovation and Basic Research for the Chip Industry

by Semiconductor Industry Association

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times ran a news story about the future of the semiconductor industry, Smaller, Faster, Cheaper, Over: The Future of Computer Chips (Sept 26, 2012). The premise of the article was that the guiding principle of Moore’s Law is slowing and that unless there are other breakthroughs in chip […]

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Blog: 09/18/15

SIA’s Dustin Todd to Serve as Chair of Task Force on American Innovation

by John Neuffer, President and CEO

Dustin Todd, director of government affairs at SIA, this week became co-chairman of the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), a coalition of U.S. companies, research universities, and scientific societies that promotes federal investments in scientific research. Dustin succeeds Texas Instruments’ Gene Irisari, who did a tremendous job advancing the coalition’s research priorities over the […]

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Blog: 08/13/15

SIA White Paper: U.S. Semiconductor Industry is America’s Most Innovative Manufacturing Industry

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The U.S. semiconductor industry is America’s most innovative manufacturing industry and ranks near the top in terms of overall competitiveness, according to a newly published SIA white paper. Based in part on a methodology used by the United Nations to rank the economic competitiveness of nations, the white paper finds that the U.S. semiconductor industry ranks […]

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Blog: 07/31/15

White House Launches Initiative to Strengthen U.S. Leadership in Supercomputing

by Semiconductor Industry Association

President Obama this week issued an executive order launching a new supercomputing research initiative called the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to maintain and strengthen U.S. leadership in leading-edge computing technology. The NSCI calls for government, industry, and academia to collaborate on research, development, and deployment of high-performance computing (HPC): “Maximizing the benefits […]

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Blog: 07/16/15

Nanotechnology Research Key to Big Semiconductor Breakthroughs

by Semiconductor Industry Association

The world’s big challenges are increasingly solved using technology that is exceedingly small. Nanotechnology, which involves the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules, is making possible breakthroughs across a range of applications, including transportation, health care, clean energy, communications, and entertainment. The semiconductor industry designs and manufactures at the nanoscale level and depends heavily on […]

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Blog: 05/07/15

#addwomen

by Semiconductor Industry Association

Earlier this year, SIA Chairman and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich made a major announcement launching Intel’s Global Diversity and Inclusion initiative. The initiative provides $300 million for support of women and under-represented minorities (URM), a strong leadership move and financial commitment to increase the number of women and URMs in tech. While it’s not a […]

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Blog: 04/22/15

House Science Committee Considers Legislation to Authorize Funding for Research

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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 […]

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Blog: 04/16/15

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

by Semiconductor Industry Association

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 […]

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