Chipmakers seek reinforcement of guidance on essential business

March 26, 2020 09:45
A semiconductor trade group has pointed out that their products play a vital role in medical equipment, power grids and other needed infrastructure amid the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Reuters

The Semiconductor Industry Association said on Wednesday that it is working with federal officials in the US to ensure that state and local authorities overseeing lockdowns understand clearly that chip companies are essential businesses that should continue operations, Reuters reports.

In a blog post, the trade association and lobbying group that represents chipmakers such as Intel and Micron said it is working with the Department of Homeland Security to refine the guidance sent to state and local officials last week.

That guidance mentioned chipmakers as an essential business because of their role supporting information technology, which has become crucial as millions of Americans work from home.

John Neuffer, the group’s president, pointed out that semiconductor chips also play a vital role in medical equipment, power grids and other needed infrastructure.

“Ensuring the continuity of semiconductor and related supply chains is necessary to support the even greater range of services that will be digitized in the coming weeks and months,” he wrote in a blog post.

"Since the semiconductor supply chain is highly globalized, semiconductor shortages created by operating restrictions in one region cannot be readily made up by production in other regions.”

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