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    Semiconductor Industry Calls for Bold Federal Policies to Sustain U.S. Leadership

    As foreign governments take big steps to advance their domestic semiconductor capabilities, new blueprint lays out research, workforce, trade initiatives needed to help keep America on top in chip technology
    WASHINGTON—April 3, 2019—The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released a set of government policy recommendations for sustaining and strengthening America's global leadership in semiconductor technology and ensuring the United States wins the race to harness the transformative, semiconductor-enabled technologies of the future, including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and advanced wireless networks.



    The report, titled Winning the Future: A Blueprint for Sustained U.S. Leadership in Semiconductor Technology, urges U.S. government leaders to significantly increase investments in semiconductor research, help attract and develop the world's most skilled technology workforce, and ensure open markets and strong protection of intellectual property. SIA represents U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing, design, and research.

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    "Global technology leadership has never been more important, with so much at stake for America's future economic growth and competitiveness," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of Micron Technology and 2019 SIA chair. "The country that leads in semiconductor innovation will also lead the next wave of technology advances, influencing every aspect of the economy and life. We call upon our leaders in Washington to enact policies that will keep us at the forefront of the must-win technologies of the future."

    The Winning the Future blueprint highlights two core challenges to continued semiconductor innovation and U.S. leadership in this sector. First, semiconductor technology advancements are pushing against barriers of physics, and breakthroughs to move beyond these limits and keep America in front require greater investment in research. Second, while the U.S. semiconductor industry leads the world with nearly half of global market share, overseas governments such as China's are seeking to challenge U.S. leadership by making significant investments to achieve breakthroughs in semiconductor technology, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing.

    The report identifies three domestic policy areas – research, workforce, and trade/IP protection – where urgent government action is needed to ensure America rises to these challenges and sustains its global leadership in semiconductor technology and the revolutionary technologies semiconductors enable.

    Research: Winning the Future calls for tripling federal investments in semiconductor-specific research over the next five years from approximately $1.5 billion to $5 billion annually and doubling federal funding for semiconductor-related research from about $20 billion to $40 billion annually in fields such as materials science, computer science, engineering, and applied mathematics across federal scientific agencies.

    Workforce: The blueprint calls for removing caps on green cards for qualified STEM graduates to meet short-term demand for talent. To develop the future American semiconductor workforce, the report urges increasing federal funding for STEM education by 50 percent over the next five years from more than $1 billion to over $1.5 billion annually and implementing a national STEM education initiative to double the number of American STEM graduates by 2029.

    Trade and IP Protection: The blueprint urges approval of free trade agreements, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, that remove market barriers, protect IP, and enable fair competition. It also calls for increased resources for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent and prosecute semiconductor IP theft.
    "Many of society's big challenges can be solved by tiny semiconductors, the brains of our digital world," said John Neuffer, SIA president & CEO. "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."

    Learn more at www.winthefuture.tech and www.semiconductors.org.

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    Removing caps on green cards for qualified STEM grads makes absolute sense (I speak with feeling since that's how I got here), but I'm not optimistic in the current climate.

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    A green card, if not outright citizenship should be attached to every advanced STEM degree. It's a real shame and a real waste of resources to train someone, just to make them leave.

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    Even better!

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    I don't see it happening, and neither do the lizard-brained old white male foagies who are squeezing the life out of this country. If it ain't oil and it ain't war then it ain't subsidized.

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    Giving more money to dipshits won't fix anything. The problem is universities are now echo chambers, faculties have no clue what they're doing and it's the students that are getting screwed. Students really arent taught to think or deal with the material and the homework and the tests can be such different tones its a schizophrenic experience. Having loyal engineers and scientists with the firepower to get things done is a big deal.

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