This 7nm will be the limit. They are trying to get there without ASML's EUV machines.Holy smokes that's fast (if it isn't severely delayed)! Didn't Western "experts" say it would take China more than 10 years to get close to here? At this rate, they might hit 3nm before Samsung/TSMC!
When Chinese semiconductor tech comes into full parity with the best of the world, China should really host a national party with "Thank You Donald Trump" banners everywhere, this time actually with more attendance than any rally or welcome he's ever attended. I wanna see if he tries to spin it as a positive of how much China loves him! LOL
Intel can't even get to 10nm on the last gen technology, think how hard it will be for SMIC. Intel has ASML's machines and will skip to 5 or 3nm.