Apple is set to use a chipset that is based on a 5nm process. According to recent reports, TSMC will once again be Apple’s custom iPhone SoC design exclusive supplier for this.
The reports suggest that the new SoC – the Apple A14 chip – will go into mass production in the second quarter of 2020. It will also be the first chip to use TSMC’s 5nm process.
Before now, chips based on a 7nm process have been the order of the day. One of these is Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865 chipset.
The number of transistors in the SoC is 1.8 times what we see in the 7nm process, as seen in the trial production results. Even though the yield remains at 80% – 90%, there is a 15% increase in operation speed.
According to a piece of earlier internal news by TSMC, the new 5nm process will use Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) lithography technology. The process considers efficiency and cost.
Not only Apple’s attention has been attracted to TSMC’s 5nm process. We also see other first-tier manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Huawei in this.
We expect Apple’s new iPhone to launch this fall with the new Apple A14 chip.