TSMC recently revealed it plans to offer a 5nm node in 2020 and now DigiTimes picked up new that 5nm Plus is expected to follow in 2021. A report in the Chinese-language Commercial Times indicates the N5+ process from TSMC will enter risk production in Q1 2020, with mass production slated for 2021. This process promises performance and power consumption improvements.
TSMC has already kicked off risk production of 5nm chips, said the report, adding that the process is expected to be ready for commercial production in the second quarter of 2020 when the phase-one facility of the foundry's new Fab 18 comes online.
While these nodes can't be directly compared, Intel indicated yesterday that its first high-volume 10nm parts will launch in June 2019, with 7nm EUV expected to follow in 2021.