According to multiple tech media reports and according to DigiTimes today there’s a new report which shows that Apple’s main chip supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is expected to start production later this year of the 3nm manufacturing process. Once this is started the factory will be able to process 30,000 wafers made with more advanced technology.
According to reports, thanks to Apple’s order commitments, TSMC plans to expand the monthly production capacity of the 3nm process to 55,000 pieces in 2022, and will further expand its production to 105,000 pieces in 2023. The output of the 3nm process is 30% higher than that of the 5nm process, and the power consumption is lowered and performance will be increased by 15% .
It was previously reported that TSMC will be ready to enter mass production in the second half of next year, indicating that the 3nm production roadmap has not changed.
At the same time, TSMC plans to expand its 5nm process manufacturing capacity throughout this year to meet the growing needs of major customers. According to today’s report, TSMC will increase its scale from 90,000 units in the fourth quarter of 2020 to 105,000 units per month in the first half of 2021, and plans to further expand its process capacity to 120,000 units in the second half of this year.
Sources said that by 2024, TSMC’s monthly production capacity of 5nm process will reach 160,000 pieces. The source said that in addition to Apple, other major customers using TSMC’s 5nm process include AMD, MediaTek, Xilinx, Marvell, Broadcom and Qualcomm.
According to sources in the report, the additional 5nm processing capacity is one of the main reasons for the recent decline in capacity utilization of the process. TSMC gives Apple the right to take precedence over other customers, which is why iPhone chip orders need to increase citing orders from other customers after the seasonal slowdown.
We know that despite this, it is reported that due to Apple’s new orders for ARM-based M1 processors and continued strong demand for iPad Air equipped with Apple’s A14 Bionic chip, Apple’s orders for 5nm chips have remained stable overall .
It is said that Apple will use 5nm + A15 chip in the upcoming iPhone 13 series. 5nm+, or N5P, is said to be a “performance-enhanced version” of the 5nm chip used in the iPhone 12, which will bring additional energy efficiency and performance improvements.
Some sources believe that the A16 chip in the iPhone 14 in 2022 is very likely to be manufactured based on TSMC’s future 4nm process, which indicates that the new 3nm technology is likely to be used in the potential A17 chip (iPhone 15 is expected to be equipped with it), if the company continues to use it the approach may be used in other future Apple Silicon Macs as well.
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