The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is well known these days for its high quality wafers and it has progressed massively in recent years, supplying to the major companies like AMD, Qualcomm, Huawei and to the likes of Apple since 2016.
Apple’s high performing Bionic chips are made by TSMC and the company is all set to begin the mass production of the upcoming A14 Bionic chips. These new chipsets will be based on a refined 5nm process that is supposed to give huge performance improvements over last gen.
The Cupertino giant is expected to launch 4 iPhone 12 models this year, all of them powered by the A14 Bionic chipset. Even though the A13 Bionic, which was made using the 7nm FinFET fabrication, was a powerful SoC, but Apple isn’t stopping here carrying its high performing legacy by implementing 5nm process.
TSMC has been working hard to minimize the fabrication process, and its main aim was to supply Apple and they have for the last four years. It will be the sole supplier of the chip as because no one except TSMC is ready with 5nm fabrication process, and up to two-thirds of its 5nm production will be dedicated to Apple’s A14 Bionic’s production.
The improved 5nm EUV process will result in improved logic density and speed. When the distance between the different components is reduced, less heat gets wasted. According to layman’s term, we can expect the upcoming Apple A14 Bionic chip to not only be faster but also more power-efficient.
Apple’s iPhone 12 series will provide 5G connectivity as all its competitors these days are providing and in 2020 we will see flagship devices using Snapdragon 865 chipset and enabling 5G connectivity options as well. So, for those who need a 5G enabled iPhone, the year 2020 will be crucial.
On the other hand, HiSilicon, Huawei’s chipset division, is in fact reported to be the other client of TSMC’s initial 5nm production. Huawei is preparing its Mate 40 series which will be powered by the Kirin 1020 that is expected to be fabbed using a 5nm process.
AMD is another major customer for TSMC who requires TSMC’s 7nm production for its Ryzen processors and Navi GPUs. The Ryzen 5000 series is supposed to be based out of 5nm process and TSMC will again play a key role here.
So, all in all, the Taiwanese manufacturer is in huge demand and by 2022, TSMC is expected to move to the 3nm process which is a great sign in terms of computational progress.
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