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In semiconductor manufacturing, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors defines the 5 nanometer (5 nm) node as the technology node following the 7 nm node.

Transistors at the 7 nm scale were first produced by researchers in the first decade of the 21st century – the process scale may represent the end of Moore's Law scaling for electronic devices.

As of 2017, no 5 nm scale devices have been commercially produced.



The 5 nm node was once assumed by some experts to be the end of Moore's law.[1] Transistors smaller than 7 nm will experience quantum tunnelling through their logic gates.[2] Due to the costs involved in development, 5 nm is predicted to take longer to reach market than the 2 years estimated by Moore's law.[1]

Beyond 7 nm, major technological advances would have to be made; possible candidates include vortex laser,[3] MOSFET-BJT dual-mode transistor,[4] 3D packaging,[5] microfluidic cooling,[6] PCMOS,[7] vacuum transistors,[8] t-rays,[9] extreme ultraviolet lithography,[10] carbon nanotube transistors,[11] silicon photonics,[12] graphene,[13] phosphorene,[14] organic semiconductors,[15] gallium arsenide,[16] indium gallium arsenide,[17] nano-patterning,[18] and reconfigurable chaos-based microchips.[19]

Technology demos[edit]

In 2006, a team of Korean researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the National Nano Fab Center codeveloped a 3 nm transistor, the world's smallest nanoelectronic device based on conventional technology, called a fin field-effect transistor (FinFET).[20][21] It was the smallest transistor ever produced.

In 2008, transistors one atom thick and ten atoms wide were made by UK researchers. They were carved from graphene, a potential alternative to silicon as the basis of future computing. Graphene is a material made from flat sheets of carbon in a honeycomb arrangement, and is a leading contender. A team at the University of Manchester, UK, used it to make some of the smallest transistors at this time: devices only 1 nm across that contain just a few carbon rings.[22]

In 2010, an Australian team announced that they fabricated a single functional transistor out of 7 atoms that measured 4 nm in length.[23][24][25]

In 2012, a team of scientists at Chungbuk National University in South Korea have created a transistor that's only 2 nm in size.[26]

In 2012, a single-atom transistor was fabricated using a phosphorus atom bound to a silicon surface (between two significantly larger electrodes).[27] This transistor could be said to be a 180 picometer transistor, the Van der Waals radius of a phosphorus atom; though its covalent radius bound to silicon is likely smaller.[28] Making transistors smaller than this will require either using elements with smaller atomic radii, or using subatomic particles—like electrons or protons—as functional transistors.

In 2015 IMEC and Cadence had fabricated 5 nm test chips. The fabricated test chips are not fully functional devices but rather are to evaluate patterning of interconnect layers.[29][30]

In 2015 Intel described a lateral nanowire (or gate-all-around) FET concept for the 5-nm node.[31]

In 2016 researchers at Berkeley Lab created a transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate.[32][33]


Although Intel has not yet divulged any certain plans to manufacturers or retailers, their 2009 roadmap projected an end-user release by approximately 2020.[34][35]


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