Measuring Atoms And Beyond


David Seiler, chief of the Engineering Physics Division within the Physical Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to discuss the current and future directions of metrology. NIST, a physical science laboratory, is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: W... » read more

10nm Versus 7nm


The silicon foundry business is heating up, as vendors continue to ramp their 16nm/14nm finFET processes. At the same time, they are racing each other to ship the next technologies on the roadmap—10nm and 7nm. But the landscape is complicated, with each vendor taking a different strategy. [getentity id="22865" e_name="Samsung"], for one, plans to ship its 10nm [getkc id="185" kc_name="fi... » read more

More Cores, Different Approaches


By Ed Sperling The general consensus among software developers is that some applications will never be able to take advantage of multiple cores, but that certainly doesn’t mean system designers can’t figure out ways to use more cores. Nor does it mean that all cores are created equal. The picture that is emerging from multiple chipmakers shows the following trends: More cores have lim... » read more