TSMC and Apple’s target to move to 3nm doesn’t seem too surprising, but there are concerns that TSMC will be able to achieve this goal given the global chip shortage and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
However, in a recent meeting, TSMC confirmed they are preparing the stages for 3nm chip production later this year. This will be an important time to prepare the supply for the product lines to launch in 2023.
Apple’s current processors are currently manufactured based on the 5nm process, introduced in 2020.
With current knowledge, it will be difficult for the iPhone 14 series to use 3nm chips. But there is a high possibility that the next generation of iPad will be equipped with a 3nm chip.
What to expect from Apple’s 3nm chip
In addition to providing better performance, the 3nm chip manufactured by TSMC is expected to bring significant improvements in power consumption and transistor density. TSMC expects the move to the 3nm process to reduce power consumption by 25-30% and increase efficiency by 10-15% or more compared to the current 5nm process.
DigiTimes adds that TSMC initially planned to produce between 30,000 and 35,000 3nm wafers per month after the start of production.
Apple’s decision to use next-generation iPad devices as a launch pad for 3nm chips doesn’t surprise many, as it did the same a few years ago.
If you recall, the Apple A14 chip running on TSMC’s 5nm process first appeared on the iPad Air 2020 instead of the iPhone. But if TSMC ensures the line can operate as expected, all iPhone 15 series, Macs running Apple Silicon chips could switch to 3nm chips by 2023.
Although Apple is ahead of many competitors when it comes to ARM-based processors. But Apple is actively working with Apple to accelerate transistor miniaturization even more, possibly even up to 2nm by 2025.
Refer to Slashgear
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