Wednesday, April 10, 2019
TSMC starts working on 5nm Apple A14 chip infrastructure
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has announced the release of its 5nm chip design infrastructure. With the shrinking size, the company is touting improved processor performance as well as improved battery life and thermal management. It's noteworthy that TSMC has been Apple's only supplier for the company's A-series chipsets since 2016.
TSMC is now expected to continue being the only supplier for Apple for its future iPhone models. This could mean that Apple can move forward with producing 5nm A-series chipset for the future iPhone models and we could see it in as early as 2020 iPhones.
The 5nm process is already said to be in preliminary risk production and the chipmaker is planning to invest around $25 billion towards volume production by 2020. As for the iPhone models launching this year, reports indicate that the company will be using a new A13 processor, which will be manufactured using the 7nm+ process.
Source: Gizmochina LINK