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, it has already stated that it would no longer use silicon at this node. 
In 2012, IBM produced a sub-10 nm carbon nanotube transistor that outperformed silicon on speed and power. "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.
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