David Isaacs

Vice President, Government Affairs

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Blog: 08/21/23

Semiconductor PFAS Consortium Concludes First Phase of Technical Research

Following 18 months of research, surveys, working group meetings, and technical review, the Semiconductor PFAS Consortium published its tenth and final white paper on the uses of PFAS in the semiconductor industry. The papers identify the essential performance attributes of different PFAS chemistries in various applications in the semiconductor manufacturing process and semiconductor manufacturing equipment […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 05/22/23

SIA Urges Balanced Approach to Implementation of CHIPS Act ‘Guardrails’

The CHIPS and Science Act, landmark legislation enacted last year to reinvigorate domestic semiconductor production and innovation, has already sparked over $200 billion in commitments by companies to invest on U.S. shores—commitments that will create jobs and strengthen America’s economy, national security, and global competitiveness. As part of our ongoing effort to provide input to […]

Domestic ManufacturingSupply Chain Security
Blog: 04/27/23

Technical Papers Highlight Need to Maintain Essential Uses of PFAS in Semiconductor Industry

Semiconductors form the foundation of modern technology, enabling innovations that make the world smarter, greener, more efficient, and better connected. Producing these complex devices is a marvel of modern manufacturing, requiring highly advanced manufacturing processes and the use of chemicals, gases, and materials with specific performance and functional attributes. Among the inputs essential to chip […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 07/22/22

The Senate’s CHIPS-Plus Bill Spends Far Less – and Returns Far More – than its Opponents Claim

The Senate’s CHIPS-Plus legislation includes badly needed incentives for domestic semiconductor manufacturing and investments in U.S. chip research to help strengthen America’s economy, national security, and leadership in critical technologies. The bill has a total cost of $79.344 billion over 10 years, according to the official scorekeeper for Congress, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). […]

Domestic ManufacturingResearch
Blog: 11/10/21

Bipartisan Governors Urge CHIPS Funding

In another sign of widespread support for funding the CHIPS for America Act, a bipartisan group of governors wrote a letter to congressional leaders urging action for funding the manufacturing incentives and research investments comprising the CHIPS Act that are needed to strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry. In doing so, the governors join national security […]

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Blog: 10/25/21

Momentum Builds in Congress for CHIPS Act Funding, FABS Act

SIA member companies and coalition partners met with more than 100 members of Congress and staff during SIA’s virtual fly-in on Oct. 20-21, and SIA is organizing daily meetings with Hill offices to generate support for semiconductor industry priorities. Rank-and-file offices and committee chairs, Republicans and Democrats alike, expressed overwhelming support for strengthening domestic semiconductor […]

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Blog: 07/07/21

Americans Embrace the Importance of Semiconductors to National Security

As Congress considers legislation that would fund domestic semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research initiatives, a new poll finds a strong majority of Americans understand the critical role semiconductors play in advancing U.S. national security. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say having a strong semiconductor manufacturing base is either “very important” (45%) or “somewhat important” (21%) to national security, […]

Domestic ManufacturingResearch
Blog: 04/23/21

What They’re Saying: Fund the CHIPS for America Act

A diverse set of stakeholders, representing broad cross-sections of U.S. industry, government, and academia, have called on Congress to fund the CHIPS for America Act. From automobile manufacturers and cloud companies to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and local governments, there is widespread recognition that Congress must cement America’s role as the undisputed global leader […]

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Blog: 06/11/20

Sparking Innovation: How Federal Investments in Semiconductor Research Strengthen America’s Economy and Tech Leadership

Increased federal investments in semiconductor research have outsized benefits for the U.S. economy, according to a new report commissioned by SIA. The report, titled “Sparking Innovation: How Federal Investment in Semiconductor R&D Spurs U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation,” demonstrates federal investments in semiconductor research provide outstanding value to the taxpayer and should be a […]

Blog: 05/27/20

SIA Applauds Introduction of “Endless Frontier Act” to Advance U.S. Technology Leadership

SIA applauds the introduction of the “Endless Frontier Act,” a bipartisan, bicameral bill led by Sens. Schumer (D-NY) and Young (R-IN) in the Senate and Reps. Khanna (D-CA) and Gallagher (R-WI) in the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to maintain and build on U.S. scientific and technology leadership – including in semiconductors – by […]

Blog: 02/28/20

White House Launches Interagency Working Group Aimed at Advancing Semiconductor R&D

In a significant boost to innovation in semiconductors and the many technologies they enable, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) this week announced a new interagency working group focused on advancing semiconductor R&D. SIA applauds this exciting collaborative effort and looks forward to working with the White House and participating agencies […]

Blog: 05/14/19

Second-Place America? New Report Highlights Mounting Global Competition for Technology Leadership

America’s competitive edge is at risk, as China and other competing countries take bold steps aimed at surpassing the U.S. as the global technology leader, according to a report released today by the Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), an alliance of U.S. leaders in business, science, and academia. The report, titled Second Place America: […]

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Blog: 01/10/19

SIA Files Comments on “Emerging” Technologies

SIA today filed comments to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in response to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking of controls for “emerging” technologies. In accordance with requirements of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA), enacted into law as part of the defense authorization bill, BIS is required […]

Export Control
Blog: 08/13/18

Smart Government Policies Needed to Strengthen U.S. Leadership of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged in recent years as a potentially transformative technological leap forward, holding the potential to fundamentally change how individuals, societies, and nations interact. At the heart of all AI-related innovations is semiconductor technology. A new SIA white paper outlines the critical role of semiconductor technology in enabling AI and the government policies needed […]

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 07/27/18

House Leaders Call on Administration to Remove Semiconductor Tariffs

Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives today called on the Trump Administration to remove semiconductors and related products from a list of imports from China slated to be hit with tariffs of 25 percent in the coming days or weeks. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a bipartisan group of 49 Members of […]

Blog: 11/09/17

Coalition Highlights Importance of Trade Secrets Protection

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 […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 10/03/17

SIA Calls for National Strategy to Spur Internet of Things

At a forum on Capitol Hill earlier today, SIA and other tech and business leaders called for a national strategy to harness the immense potential of the Internet of Things (IoT), the semiconductor-enabled network of devices connected to the cloud from which data can be collected and analyzed, and to ensure U.S. leadership in this […]

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 06/07/17

Semiconductor Industry to Continue Action on Climate Change

Although President Trump announced last week that the U.S. will depart from the Paris climate agreement, the semiconductor industry will continue to take action to address climate change and promote environmental sustainability. The semiconductor industry has a long record of success in this area, including the following initiatives: 1. Reporting and Reducing Emissions of PFCs […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 02/16/17

Sen. Hatch’s Innovation Agenda Would Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, today unveiled his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress during an event at the U.S. Capitol. Many of the initiatives highlighted in Sen. Hatch’s plan align closely with the U.S. semiconductor industry’s policy priorities, including reforming America’s corporate tax system, investing in basic […]

Emerging TechnologiesIntellectual PropertyResearchTaxWorkforce & Immigration
Blog: 06/28/16

Secretary Clinton’s Tech Platform Highlights Key Semiconductor Priorities

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiled a set of policy initiatives aimed at bolstering U.S. technology and innovation leadership. SIA welcomes attention from the presidential candidates on policies to strengthen the semiconductor industry and the broader tech sector. Secretary Clinton’s plan embraces a number of the semiconductor industry’s longstanding priorities, including the following: 1) Increasing the research […]

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Blog: 04/27/16

Senate Committee Considers Risks of Counterfeits

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 […]

Blog: 04/04/16

Senate Votes to Protect Trade Secrets; House Should Follow Suit

The Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to strengthen the protection of trade secrets. Trade secrets are valuable intellectual property critical to continued growth and innovation in the semiconductor industry and across the U.S. economy. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890) would provide owners of trade secrets with new legal tools to prevent the theft […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 10/09/15

Legislation to Protect Trade Secrets Would Strengthen Semiconductor Industry

SIA this week endorsed bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the protection of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S.1890 and H.R. 3326) would create a federal civil cause of action that would empower U.S. companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court. The lead sponsors of the Senate bill, Sens. […]

Intellectual Property
Blog: 10/07/15

Congress Has Historic Opportunity to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

On Oct. 11, 1976, the primary federal law pertaining to federal oversight of the production and use of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was enacted. The law has not been updated since, and there is widespread consensus from a wide range of stakeholders that the law needs to be reformed. In the coming […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 06/24/15

House Approves Needed Updates to Federal Chemicals Law

The House of Representatives last night approved the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576), legislation that would enhance the protection of health and the environment, while also providing the semiconductor industry and other sectors with certainty in the selection and use of chemicals. We applaud the House for passing this […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 05/20/15

SIA Supports Efforts to Modernize U.S. Chemicals Law

The sound regulation of chemicals essential to semiconductor manufacturing is a key issue for the continued success of the U.S. semiconductor industry. SIA is encouraged that both houses of Congress have developed bipartisan bills (S. 697; House Discussion Draft) to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), including positive reforms on many issues of interest […]

Environment, Health & Safety
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 […]

Workforce & Immigration
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
Blog: 01/20/15

SIA Commends Introduction of Bipartisan I-Squared Act to Reform High-Skilled Immigration System

SIA last week sent a letter to Senate leaders in support of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (I-Squared Act), legislation introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn). “The I-Squared Act would strengthen the U.S. economy and promote innovation by making important improvements […]

Workforce & Immigration
Blog: 01/05/15

What’s the Outlook for Semiconductor Industry Priorities in the New Congress?

As we prepare for the official start of the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, it’s a good time to assess the election results and the landscape for semiconductor industry priorities in the new Congress. The most notable change in Washington from the 2014 elections is that Republicans gained the majority in the U.S. Senate for […]

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Blog: 12/31/14

How to Stop Counterfeit Semiconductors

Imagine if the complex electronics on a U.S. nuclear submarine were compromised by counterfeit microchips, or semiconductors. It might sound like the plot of an action film, but this story came dangerously close to being a reality. Earlier this year, a man named Peter Picone admitted that he sent counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Naval […]

Blog: 10/03/14

Critical Materials Necessary for Semiconductor Manufacturing

Today is National Manufacturing Day, a day to recognize the importance of U.S. manufacturing and assess what is needed to strengthen it. One vital component to continued manufacturing strength in the U.S. is access to critical materials, the lifeblood of the manufacturing process. 

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 09/04/14

Emerging Technologies Can Help Save Gas, Reduce Traffic

If you were one of the millions of Americans who got stuck in Labor Day traffic last weekend, take heart – there’s hope for quicker, less costly travel in the future.

Emerging Technologies
Blog: 06/11/14

Advanced Semiconductors Enable Cleaner, More Efficient Use of Energy

Two recent articles illustrate the many ways in which advancements in semiconductors can promote energy efficiency and clean energy.

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 03/04/14

Three Steps Congress Can Take Now to Spur U.S. Innovation

The semiconductor industry has long been vital player in driving U.S. innovation. For example, American semiconductor companies invested $32 billion in research and development in 2012 – one of the greatest shares of revenue of any industry – and nearly half of the top 20 U.S. corporate patent recipients are semiconductor companies, demonstrating the industry’s […]

ResearchTradeWorkforce & Immigration
Blog: 01/28/14

S.1600: A Proactive Approach to Supply Chain Security

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 10/29/13

Restoring Domestic Supply of Critical Minerals Will Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Last month, the semiconductor industry and many other sectors breathed a collective sigh of relief when Congress approved legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing, medical devices, and a range of other applications. With that near-crisis in mind, SIA supports the idea of developing a plan for […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 10/28/13

SIA Commends Introduction of Legislation to Reduce Abusive Patent Litigation

In a statement released today, SIA commended House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) for his leadership in introducing the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), legislation to reduce abusive patent litigation:

Intellectual Property
Blog: 09/25/13

House Approves Helium Bill, Sends Back to Senate as Deadline Approaches

Helium legislation continues to bounce between the House and Senate, with both chambers overwhelmingly approving similar bills in recent days as the Oct. 1 deadline for final passage inches closer.

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 09/10/13

Broad SIA-Led Coalition Urges Congress to Enact Legislation to Secure Supply of Helium

A Semiconductor Industry Association-led coalition of more than 120 technology, business, medical and education leaders today called on Congress to enact legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing and other types of advanced manufacturing, as well as scientific research. The broad and diverse coalition expressed the urgent […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 08/01/13

Reducing Patent Abuse Would Spur Semiconductor Innovation

Intellectual Property
Blog: 07/12/13

Responsible Use of Chemicals Enables Semiconductor Innovation

SIA yesterday testified at a hearing of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the primary federal law governing the regulation of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The hearing focused on the process for reviewing new chemicals, the protection of confidential business information, and the impact of the […]

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 04/23/13

Helium Bill Floats to the House Floor; Broad Coalition Urges Passage

This Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on bipartisan legislation that would help secure the supply of helium, a gas that is critical for advanced manufacturing of semiconductors and other products, as well as scientific research. 

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 03/27/13

House Committee Approves Legislation to Secure Helium Supply

On March 20, the House Natural Resources Committee voted to approve the “Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act” (HR 527), a bipartisan bill that would address the impending cessation of sales of helium from the Federal Helium Reserve. The legislation now awaits action on the House floor, which will likely be scheduled sometime next month.

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 02/07/13

NDAA Provision is Key Step Toward Export Control Reform

On Jan. 2, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013, legislation that, among other things, permits the Administration to return commercial satellites and related items – including radiation-hardened (or “rad hard”) semiconductors – to the jurisdiction of Export Administration Regulations administered by the Commerce Department after Congressional notification. This […]

Export Control
Blog: 01/02/13

Technology Could Help Reduce Harmful Emissions

It’s no secret that modern technology – enabled by semiconductors – has improved our lives dramatically by revolutionizing our communication, transportation, health care, business and entertainment systems, among many others. But sometimes we lose sight of what technology can do for our planet.

Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 03/09/12

Leading the Way on Climate Protection


Environment, Health & Safety
Blog: 08/11/11

Semiconductors Drive Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

Emerging Technologies