Apple introduced process-based 5nm silicon all-in for Macs and iPhones by equipping it with the M1 and A14 bionic chip this year. In particular, both chips also have the title of being the first commercially available 5 nm processors. According to a new report by the China-based United Daily News Apple may also be the first company in the industry to offer computer and smartphone chips based on TSMC’s 3 nm process.
The company was reportedly the first to contact TSMC regarding the 3nm manufacturing process. The report claims that Apple wants to rely on the updated process to make the next generation M-series chips for upcoming Macs and A-series chips that will be built into the iPads and later the iPhones. It appears that the 3nm-based A-series chip first appears in an iPad before making its way onto an iPhone, just like the A14 Bionic processor was first equipped in the 2020 iPad Air before moving into the iPhone 12- Family was packed.
It is projected that at least 300 million chips will need to be manufactured using the 3nm process to recoup the costs associated with R&D and manufacturing. However, since Apple is switching completely to internal chips and relies heavily on the 3 nm process, this is not the goal for TSMC. “Apple will use TSMC’s 3nm to make its own M-series chips for Mac and iPad. The advanced process is also being used to make A-series processors for the iPhone, ”the report adds (via Google Translate).
The 4 nm process could be announced in 2021
According to the report, TSMC plans and aims to complete the certification process Start test production of its 3 nm chips in 2021. As for Mass production is expected to start in 2022. According to industry knowledge, TSMC is aiming for a smooth goal of producing 600,000 3nm chips annually. Between the existing 5nm manufacturing process and the 3nm technology, TSMC is expected to soon introduce its 4nm process as well.
In May of this year, TSMC announced plans to build a new factory in the USA. Later in August it was reported that TSMC would soon start work on a new 2nm factory and research and development center.
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