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China's semiconductor association to apply for WSC membership

Posted: 20 Jun 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CSIA  China Semiconductor Industry Association  WSC  World Semiconductor Council  membership 

The China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA) has accepted an invitation to apply for membership in the World Semiconductor Council (WSC).

The WSC includes the industry associations of most of the world's leading semiconductor-producing regions. It was established in 1996 to facilitate cooperation among the semiconductor industry associations.

At its annual meeting in San Francisco last month, the WSC unanimously extended an invitation to the CSIA to join the world body.

"We strongly support the CSIA's application for membership in the World Semiconductor Council," said Brian Halla, chairman of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), in a statement. Halla is also chairman and CEO of National Semiconductor Corp. "China is now the largest and fastest-growing major semiconductor market and therefore has a large stake in future growth of the microchip industry," Halla said. "China's domestic semiconductor industry would benefit from active involvement in the WSC, which has become an increasingly important forum for cooperation to protect intellectual property, eliminate trade barriers, lower costs to consumers, and preserve the environment."

For years, China has been looking to join the WSC. But word on the street is that the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) was reportedly looking to block the CSIA from joining the WSC. The TSIA is a member of the WSC and apparently refuses to be marginalized by the CSIA. The SIA has dismissed those rumors.

The SIA and WSC also have some issues with China. Firing an apparent warning shot towards China, the WSC has addressed a number of public policy issues, including intellectual property, environment and trade.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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