- Tram Ho
In its annual report to shareholders on Friday, world-renowned outsourcing firm, TSMC, said it was embarking on research and development of the 2nm process for future chip production.
Apple, on the other hand, is one of TSMC’s biggest customers, and tends to upgrade its A series processor every 2 years. This shows that Apple’s first processors using this technology process can appear on the iPhone 2024. As for this year’s iPhone, most of the rumors and predictions suggest that it will be equipped. processor on 5nm process. The previous iPhone 11 series debuted with 7nm processors.
According to the DigiTimes report, TSMC said it was even “in the process of researching and exploring processes lower than 2nm.”
The number on each chip process is related to the size of the transistor on each chip. The smaller the number of processes, the smaller the transistor, allowing more transistors to be placed on each chip. This allows the chip to be more energy efficient as well as add more features on a piece of silicon of the same area.
For example, Apple’s A13 Bionic processor is manufactured on 7nm process, has about 8.5 billion transistors, about 23% more than A12. This also shows the number of processor calculations that can be performed, or in other words, the power of the device.
If you haven’t figured out just how small a nanometer is, try a small comparison, a hair about 60,000 nanometers in diameter.
On the way to 2nm
Currently, TSMC is producing 5nm chips for Apple’s iPhone 12 line, expected to launch this fall. The company says these chips are in mass production and have reached a consistent level of performance. TSMC expects to accelerate production of this chip from the second half of this year.
The company says it is on a roadmap to launch 3nm chips so they can be used on devices by 2022. The production of these chips will take place in 2021. Mass production will occur in the second half of that year.
There is currently not much detail on when TSMC’s 2nm chips will be ready for use. But if TSMC’s manufacturing capabilities remain the same and Apple’s two-year processor upgrade trend is maintained, these high-end processors will likely debut on the iPhone by 2024.
Refer to CulfofMac
Source : Genk