@HarneyBA node sizes are determined such that each node size decrease translates to a doubling of transistor density.
Ie for planar transistors, the drop from 45nm to 32nm doubled the number of transistors per square millimeter.
Of course, the cost of each node drop is greater than the gain in transistor density
@HarneyBA that doesn't hold up anymore, however, in the era of FinFET transistors. Intel has been FinFET since 22nm, and pretty much every node smaller than that in the industry is also FinFET.
Node size in FinFET era is also mostly meaningless below 15nm, because it doesn't account for fin pitch and density in any way
@HarneyBA A modern photolithography machine capable of laying patterns for 14nm nodes can easily cost $100M EACH. Most other tools cost around $5M-10M each, too.
@HarneyBA Of course.
Its fun to see hobbyists try to make usable devices with non-industry tools, but it cannot scale without gigantic capital investment if you are starting from scratch. Even if you want to borrow a foundry fab, you will still need gigantic financial investment *just* for the photomasks.
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