In a May 15 press release SIA president & CEO John Neuffer said something that definitely bears repeating.
His statement was the Semiconductor Industry Association’s response to new US Department of Commerce rule changes designed to stop: “Huawei’s efforts to undermine US export controls.”
Recall that the SIA is the lobby for the US semiconductor industry. It acts on behalf of US chip makers to help assure that the US government’s actions are aligned with the industry’s best interests.
In Neuffer’s words:
“We are concerned this rule may create uncertainty and disruption for the global semiconductor supply chain, but it seems to be less damaging to the U.S. semiconductor industry than the very broad approaches previously considered.”
Look at that last part again: “…it seems to be less damaging to the U.S. semiconductor industry than the very broad approaches previously considered.”
Considering that the Commerce Department’s actions were intended to work against Huawei and in favor of US suppliers (which the Commerce Department has determined to be an issue of US national security) it certainly doesn’t appear to have the SIA’s buy-in!
The Memory Guy finds this to be a priceless example of “Damning with faint praise”!