At present, a large number of chips based on 5nm process are used in mobile phones, and A15 is about to be launched
Bionic is expected to use the more advanced n5p node technology for manufacturing, and apple is expected to occupy the 5nm capacity of TSMC 80 in 2021. However, it is only a matter of time before TSMC will move to the 3nm process and further to the 2nm process.
In order to better achieve these goals, TSMC and apple have joined hands to push chip development to the limit, according to wccftech. TSMC and apple are working for the same goal, but the beneficiaries may not only be apple, but also Intel. TSMC needs to complete Intel’s 3nm chip order and is likely to continue to switch to 2nm process manufacturing.
TSMC is also carrying out relevant supporting work to prepare for the future production of 2nm process. It is likely to be used as a test and development base in Baoshan Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, China. If all goes well, trial production will take place in 2023. It is understood that TSMC should have received orders for 2nm chips, but did not mention the specific customer name, but it is basically certain that apple is one of them. It is rumored that TSMC’s orders for 3nm chips in the next stage are strong. Apple has taken the lead and obtained the first batch of orders. The new process will be used in the chips of iPhone, iPad and MAC product lines, and mass production is expected to start in 2022.
Even if TSMC and apple cooperate in R & D, the development of 2nm process is still difficult.