Why the SIA is calling for more political support to keep the US ahead in chips

April 08, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
Why the SIA is calling for more political support to keep the US ahead in chips
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has published three policy recommendations that it wants the United States' government to adopt to keep the country as the global leader in technology.

The industry body, SIA, claims these will strengthen the United States' global leadership in chip technology and help it lead in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and 5G communications.

The recommendations are included in a report entitled: Winning the future: A blueprint for sustained US leadership in semiconductor technology.

The recommendations are:

1) Invest in research to triple US annual investment across federal agencies from $1.5 billion to $5 billion. The SIA also recommends a doubling of the federal spend in semiconductor-related fields such as materials science, computer science, engineering, and applied mathematics. This would take it from about $20 billion to $40 billion annually.

2) Attract and develop a skilled workforce. The method SIA recommends is to end a cap green cards for STEM graduates. The SIA also wants the US government to increase spending on the provision of STEM education by 50 percent – from $1 billion to $1.5 billion annually – and double the number of US STEM graduates being produced annually within 10 years.

3) Ensure access to global markets and protect intellectual property. The third one is more nebulous and comes down to more free trade and more money to maintain IP security

"The country that leads in semiconductor innovation will also lead the next wave of technology advances, influencing every aspect of the economy and life," said Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO of Micron Technology and 2019 SIA chair.

John Neuffer, SIA CEO, said: "America’s longstanding leadership in semiconductor technology rests on three pillars: U.S. companies’ pioneering research, unparalleled workforce, and unfettered ability to sell leading-edge products to customers around the world. Congress and the Administration should enact policies that reinforce these pillars and keep America at the head of the class in semiconductor technology."

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