7 nanometer

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The 7 nanometer (7 nm) node is the technology node following the 10 nm node. Although Intel has not yet divulged any certain plans to manufacturers or retailers, their current roadmap projects an end-user release[verification needed] by 2017.[1]

Technology demos[edit]

7 nm node patterning options: 193 nm immersion lithography is likely preferred to be extended to the 7 nm node.

In 2002, IBM produced a 6 nm transistor.[2]

In 2003, NEC produced a 5 nm transistor.[3]

In 2012, IBM produced a sub-10 nm carbon nanotube transistor that outperformed silicon on speed and power.[4] "The superior low-voltage performance of the sub-10 nm CNT transistor proves the viability of nanotubes for consideration in future aggressively scaled transistor technologies," according to the abstract of the paper in Nano Letters.[5]


  1. ^ "IDF 2013: Intel Shows Plans For 7 nm Chips; 22 nm LTE Atoms are Shipping". DailyTech. 2013-09-11. 
  2. ^ IBM claims world's smallest silicon transistor
  3. ^ NEC test-produces world's smallest transistor.
  4. ^ "IBM: Tiny carbon nanotube transistor outshines silicon". Cnet.com. January 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ Franklin, Aaron D.; et al. (2012). "Sub-10 nm Carbon Nanotube Transistor". Nano Letters 12 (2): 758–762. doi:10.1021/nl203701g. 

Preceded by
10 nm
CMOS manufacturing processes Succeeded by
5 nm