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Continuity of Operations

SEMI has urged government representatives around the world to designate the semiconductor industry as an essential business so operations at companies across the chip supply chain can continue without interruption as the spread of COVID-19 continues.

SEMI President and CEO Ajit Manocha assured the U.S. and global officials that SEMI members – the device makers and designers and suppliers of chemicals, materials, components, design tools and equipment at the heart of chip manufacturing – “are employing all measures necessary to maintain the health and safety of their employees and local communities” to help contain the virus.  

Microelectronics are the foundation of modern electronics and information technology and are critical in helping health workers effectively treat COVID-19 symptoms. The products also play a central role in containing its spread by enabling artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, digital communications, telemedicine, robotics, remote health monitoring, telecommuting, online shopping and other digital services.

SEMI has urged national, state and local officials, and empowered its membership, to follow guidelines identifying “manufacturers and supply chain vendors that provide hardware and software, and information technology equipment (to include microelectronics and semiconductors) for critical infrastructure as ‘essential critical infrastructure workers.’”  Indeed, all nations have recognized the power of technology in effectively containing COVID-19 and similarly designated the sector as essential businesses.

The global supply chain forms a highly intricate network consisting of research, design and manufacturing operations. Operating restrictions in one region can compromise production in others, leading to inefficiencies and breakdowns that cascade across the supply chain.

View the Global Semiconductor Industry Statement on COVID-19

View Industry Best Practices in the era of COVID-19