To meet increased demand during the current global chip shortage, the semiconductor industry is substantially increasing its fab capacity utilization, a term that refers to the percentage of total available manufacturing capacity that is being used at any given time. Increasing semiconductor capacity utilization takes time, however. It is not as easy as “flipping a […]
Semiconductors are the brains of modern electronics, enabling highly advanced technologies in healthcare, communications, computing, and transportation, among many other applications. Global semiconductor sales increased 6.5 percent in 2020, demonstrating growing demand for chips across a range of end markets. In the automotive space, chips have made our cars exponentially smarter, safer, and more efficient, […]
The 2020 SIA Databook is now available! Complete with tons of data on the global semiconductor market, the U.S. semiconductor industry, and the top end markets for semiconductors, the 2020 SIA Databook is your go-to comprehensive resource for all things semiconductors. The 2020 SIA Databook presents easy-to-understand graphics and tables of the trends in the U.S. […]
As policymakers in Washington consider legislation to invest in U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and research, a new SIA report provides context on the U.S. semiconductor industry’s global position across a variety of metrics, including market share, manufacturing, and technology competitiveness. The 2020 State of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry report demonstrates that while the U.S. industry currently […]
Full-time graduate enrollment in electrical engineering and computer science programs at U.S. institutions has decreased substantially from its high in 2016, according to newly released annual data from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The new data from 2018 show total enrollees in these disciplines was 92,603, which was flat from the level in 2017 but […]
Where can you get key facts about the semiconductor industry and market, including the current size of the global semiconductor market ($412 billion), U.S. semiconductor industry market share (47 percent), and the top end-use market for semiconductors (communication devices)? These data points and many more are now available in the recently released 2020 SIA Factbook. […]
Given the well-documented economic research linking historical semiconductor innovation to productivity growth, policymakers should consider federal investments in semiconductor technology as a no-brainer and a very wise investment for boosting productivity and driving economic growth. A newly released ITIF report underscores this point. The report argues federal R&D investment in areas related to semiconductor technology […]
The 2019 SIA Databook is now available! Complete with tons of data on the global semiconductor market, the U.S. semiconductor industry, and the top end markets for semiconductors, the 2019 SIA Databook is your go-to comprehensive resource for all things semiconductors. The 2019 SIA Databook presents easy-to-understand graphics and tables of the trends in the […]
As semiconductor supply chains begin shifting due to the U.S.-China trade conflict, could one of the beneficiaries be India? An analysis of recent trade data, as well as recent news reporting, suggest this could be the case. The increase in integrated circuit (IC) imports into India from the world in 2018 was dramatic and hard […]
U.S. companies engaged in semiconductor research, design, and manufacturing were among the top U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2018, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. U.S. semiconductor firms consistently rank high on this list, because the U.S. semiconductor industry invests roughly one-fifth of its annual sales into research […]
Semiconductors enable a wide variety of products, from smartphones and computers to cars and industrial equipment. Newly released data on 2018 semiconductor sales by broad product category, known as “end-use,” show sales increased across all categories, while end-use category shares remained remarkably stable from 2017. This is according to the 2018 annual Semiconductor End-Use Survey […]
Semiconductors remained a top U.S. export in 2018, spurring American jobs, economic growth, and innovation. According to recently released U.S. government data, U.S. semiconductor exports in 2018 totaled $44 billion, ranking fourth among all U.S. exports, following aircraft and oil (crude and refined), and surpassing automobiles for the first time since 2010. The combination of […]
While much attention was paid last week to SIA’s release of final semiconductor sales in 2018 ($468.8 billion) and the percent growth over the previous year (13.7 percent), there was one equally impressive number that flew under the radar a bit: 1.004 trillion. That is the number of semiconductors that were sold in 2018, marking […]
Where can you find just about any data point on the semiconductor industry and market? Answer: the 2018 SIA Databook which is now available! Complete with tons of data on the global semiconductor market, the U.S. semiconductor industry, and the top end markets for semiconductors, the 2018 SIA Databook is your go-to comprehensive resource for all things […]
Two public events last Wednesday underscored policymakers’ current attention on tech in Washington of late. The first focused on the proper role of government in artificial intelligence (AI). The event featured panelists from industry, government, and academia discussing the importance of AI to the future economy and how it will be a game changer for not just […]
Where can you turn for key facts about the semiconductor industry and market, including the size of the global semiconductor market ($412 billion), U.S. semiconductor industry market share (46 percent) and the top end-use market for semiconductors (communication devices)? These data points and many more are now available in the recently released 2018 SIA Factbook! […]
Earlier this week, SIA president and CEO, John Neuffer, delivered opening remarks at an event commemorating the unveiling of key findings from a new report on how the semiconductor industry has transformed the New York Capital Region. The report, which was authored by Professor Dr. Charles Wessner of Georgetown University and Thomas Howell, describes in […]
SIA submitted comments to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) earlier this month on the development of its National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. OSTP sought guidance on improving government coordination and on long-term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research […]
Free and open markets and transparency are critical to the success of the global semiconductor industry. Earlier this month, governments from the major semiconductor-producing regions agreed to support industry-adopted guidelines and best practices for communicating about regional support programs in the industry. Regional support refers to government-led industrial policies aimed at promoting domestic semiconductor sectors.
Later this week, SIA will release its June 2017 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half of 2017. As the midpoint approaches, this is a good time to assess sales performance to date, as well as to consider what to look for leading into the second […]
Where can you find just about any data point on the semiconductor industry and market? Answer: the 2017 SIA Databook, which is now available! Complete with tons of data on the global semiconductor market, the U.S. semiconductor industry, and the top end markets for semiconductors in 2016, the 2017 SIA Databook is your go-to comprehensive […]
As the Trump Administration considers renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), SIA is focused on ensuring semiconductor industry priorities are maintained and strengthened in any new agreement. To that end, SIA today testified at a public hearing before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding NAFTA modernization.
Earlier this week, I attended the 7th Annual Summit on the Economy in Washington, D.C., an all-day conference which brings together notable policymakers and economists to do some big thinking on the current and future state of the economy. While topics were far-ranging, from addressing the challenges of workers and communities left behind to the future […]
Quick, where can you find out A) the size of the global semiconductor market in 2016 (answer: $339 billion), B) U.S. semiconductor industry market share in 2016 (answer: 48 percent), and C) the top end market for semiconductors in 2016 (answer: communication products) all in one place? Answer: These data points and many more are […]
Semiconductors continue to be a huge export for the United States, fueling jobs, economic growth, and innovation at home. According to recently released government trade data for 2016, the value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2016 totaled $43.1 billion, the third-highest of any manufactured U.S. export product. Strong domestic production combined with large foreign markets […]
Five of the top fifteen U.S. corporate patent recipients in 2016 were U.S. semiconductor companies, equaling the number of firms ranked in the top 15 in 2015. These figures are based on an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. See table below.
Communications and PCs/computers remained the top semiconductor markets by end use in 2016. At the same time, automotive and industrial end markets continued their strong growth path. This is according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) 2016 Semiconductor End-Use Report, which details sales by end use and regional end market for a […]
What better time than right before Labor Day to learn more about the U.S. semiconductor workforce, which is the backbone of an incredibly successful industry that manfactures the stuff upon which the entire digital economy rests? So before firing up the BBQ or heading out on your long weekend trip, let’s take a moment to […]
Next week, SIA will release its June 2016 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half of 2016. As we approach the halfway point in semiconductor sales for 2016, how should we assess sales performance to date, what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release, […]
A newly released report by a non-partisan research arm of Congress underscores how semiconductors’ economic and military importance has made the industry’s health a focus of congressional interest for nearly 70 years. The report, produced by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), details how the federal government played a key role in the creation and support […]
Did you know global semiconductor industry sales reached $335 billion in 2015? Did you know the U.S. semiconductor industry maintained market share leadership with 50 percent of the global market in 2015? Did you know semiconductors were America’s third-leading manufactured export in 2015, behind only airplanes and automobiles? These facts and many others are now […]
Communications (34.1 percent of total sales) and PCs/computers (29.7 percent) remained the top semiconductor markets by end-use in 2015, according to the recently released World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) Semiconductor End-Use Report. The report breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure below shows the six major […]
U.S. semiconductor companies, including several SIA members, were among the top corporate recipients of U.S. patents in 2015, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Semiconductors continue to be a massive export product for the United States, according to recently released government export statistics for 2015, fueling U.S. jobs, economic growth, and innovation. The total value of U.S. semiconductor exports in 2015 was $41.8 billion, which amounts to the third-highest of any manufactured export product. The combination of strong domestic […]
SIA frequently points out that semiconductors play a critical role in strengthening our country, including our national security. A concrete example comes from a new semiconductor developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that gives our military a measurable advantage in one critical arena of the modern battlefield: electronic warfare.
If you have followed the semiconductor market in recent years, you are probably aware that the Internet of Things (IoT) is estimated to become a major market driver of semiconductor growth, with some forecasting future market growth in the multi-millions of dollars. Indeed, what makes the potential of the IoT market so exciting is that its […]
A newly published SIA white paper affirms that U.S. semiconductor companies do the majority of their manufacturing in the United States, and semiconductors are one of America’s top manufactured exports, behind only aircraft and automobiles.
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 […]
What U.S. industry spends a higher share of sales on research and development than any other U.S. industry? What U.S. industry had a sales-revenue-per-employee ratio in 2014 of $667,000, the highest level in its history and among the highest of any U.S. industry? What U.S. industry directly employs a quarter of a million workers in […]
Next Monday, SIA will release its June 2015 global sales report (GSR), which will include global semiconductor sales totals for the first half (H1) of 2015. As we approach the halfway point, how should we assess semiconductor sales thus far, and what questions should we consider ahead of next week’s GSR release?
The U.S. Census Bureau publishes annual data on exports by state, and the recently published full-year 2014 semiconductor state export numbers provide some interesting takeaways. First, all 50 U.S. states exported semiconductors in 2014. This reflects the regional diversification of semiconductor manufacturing and the pervasiveness of the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain in the United States. […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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.
[Note: This is part one of a series on the semiconductor manufacturing process and the associated industry business models.] Often, I am asked by people new to the semiconductor industry how semiconductors are made. While the science and engineering behind how semiconductors are made is akin to modern day alchemy and the process is quite […]
Last November, when I wrote about industry sales through the third quarter of 2014, I said that it was hard to envision final 2014 sales not being the highest annually on record and that a more interesting question to consider was whether final 2014 annual sales would surpass the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics’ (WSTS) forecast […]
This year is not yet complete, and analysts are already considering the outlook for 2015! Such is the case for our industry, which is known for always looking ahead, right? Given that the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program released its Fall semiconductor industry forecast earlier this month on December 2, it seems appropriate now to […]
Third quarter global semiconductor industry sales reached a record high of $87 billion, as reported earlier this week in SIA’s most recent monthly global sales report. This figure marked a 5.7 percent increase over the second quarter global sales totals.
Sixty-four years ago this month, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent to three semiconductor pioneers for the transistor, the building block for semiconductor innovation. Since then, the U.S. semiconductor industry has continued to innovate at an impressive rate, thus contributing significantly to U.S. economic growth. In fact, a recently published SIA white paper concludes that […]
A newly published SIA white paper shows that, thanks to rapid technological development, the U.S. semiconductor industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy grew 265 percent from 1987 to 2011, more than that of any other major U.S. manufacturing industry. Based on official U.S. government data, the paper concludes what SIA and the industry has known for […]
As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $82.7 billion during the second quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever second quarter sales total. In fact, there were other “highest ever” sales levels achieved with the release of the June 2014 data, including highest monthly sales ever and highest first half sales […]
Patent quality in the semiconductor industry has been determined to be high as compared with other technology fields, according to a recent analysis by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD assessed patent quality based on the technological and economic value of patented inventions and the possible impact that these inventions could have […]
Earlier this month, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program revised up its full-year 2014 global semiconductor sales growth forecast to 6.5 percent from the 4.1 percent it forecasted six months ago. WSTS also forecasts positive sales growth to continue in 2015 at 3.3 percent ($336.1 billion in total sales) and 2016 at 4.3 percent […]
For over a decade, SIA has worked with member companies to collect environmental data concerning the U.S. semiconductor industry. These surveys, which are the cornerstone of SIA’s Environmental Metrics Program (EMP), are important tools for our industry for benchmarking and achieving continuous improvement.
The U.S. semiconductor industry continues to enjoy a strong workplace safety record, with a significantly lower rate of on-the-job injuries and illnesses than the overall U.S. economy.
In its most recent World Economic Outlook published last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts global GDP growth of 3.6 percent in 2014 and 3.9 percent in 2015. Global GDP growth in 2013 was 3.0 percent.
As SIA reported earlier this month, worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $78.47 billion during the first quarter of 2014, marking the industry’s highest-ever first quarter sales. It seems apparent that global semiconductor market performance in early 2014 has continued where 2013 left off with positive sales growth. Through the second half of 2013 and into […]
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization recently published the 2013 Semiconductor End-Use Report, which breaks down sales by end-use and regional end-market for a wide variety of semiconductor products. The figure to the right shows top-level data for 2013 global semiconductor end-use by percent for the six major end applications in the report.
Today’s technology has enabled the creation of electronic devices that are more powerful, less costly, and more compact than ever before. As these products get smaller and smaller, America increasingly depends on the science behind nanomanufacturing – the construction of devices at the molecular scale – in order to stay at the forefront of innovation.
A World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) sales forecast released earlier this month projects moderate global growth for the remainder of 2013 and 2014.
Several U.S. semiconductor companies ranked among the leading U.S. patent recipients in 2012, according to a recent report. The report, which was compiled and released by IFI Claims, shows that of the top 15 U.S. firms receiving U.S. patents in 2012, six were semiconductor companies: IBM, Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom, Micron and Texas Instruments. IBM ranked […]
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