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March 27, 2020 //By Peter Clarke
SIA calls for chip industry to be classed as 'essential'
The semiconductor industry must be classified as "essential" and allowed to continue operations during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an advisory to state and local governments that lists information technology and communications technology workers, particularly in the service and repair sector as being some of those that have responsibility to continue working.

It also lists critical manufacturing functions supplying materials and products for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. These could be interpreted as including some, but not all, semiconductor manufacturing plants.

Neuffer said the SIA is working with the DHS to further refine the guidance.

Neuffer also noted in his blog that semiconductor supply chains are international. He called for governments around the world to prioritize continued operations for their domestic semiconductor companies and their suppliers by defining the semiconductor industry and its supply chain as essential.

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