While Intel continues to bump its head to introduce its 10-nanometer processors, Apple continues to slip like an okra down the miniaturization trail with its suppliers. The company was the first to introduce 7nm processor mass products (the A12 and A12X Bionic) and next year it is expected to take the next step in this race with 7nm chips. 5 nanometers.
At least what the DigiTimes Which, as we know, is not exactly the most reliable source for information specifically about Apple products and secrets, but it has a very acceptable track record with Ma's suppliers and the company's production chain in China. The newspaper talked with sources from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing CompanyApple's partner that has been exclusively manufacturing the company's own chips for a long time, and learned the information.
It seems that TSMC will showcase its new 5nm processor manufacturing facilities in which it will invest more than $ 25 billion in Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will take place in Barcelona (Spain) next week. Once the announcement is made, Apple should be the first vendor partner to place a fat order for possibly "A14" chips by 2020 under the new manufacturing process.
The “A13” chip, to be included in the 2019 iPhones and iPads, should maintain the 7nm architecture, but also have a remarkable new feature: being the first by Ma to incorporate a new TSMC technology called “Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography” (EUV). ), which will allow the construction of even smaller layers in the processors and make them occupy even less space.
As for the "A14", we do not know yet what is the performance gain brought by the miniaturization. In fact, simply decreasing the size of the manufacturing process does not bring direct performance benefits to a processor, but allows a smaller area to be occupied by more transistors, and thus gives more processing power to the part.
Let's wait for the next steps of this story. I'm excited, and you?