Apple M3, A17 chip to use 2nd generation TSMC 3nm process in next year’s iPhone, Mac models: Report
Apple is reportedly going to use the 2nd generation 3nm process of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for the M3 and A17 chips that are expected to be in Mac computers and iPhone handsets of the year. next. The report suggests that these chips will be manufactured next year and that the Cupertino company will release these products throughout 2023. The 2nd generation 3nm process developed by TSMC is called N3E. This improved process is said to improve performance and power efficiency over the first-generation 3nm N3 processor.
According to a report by Nikkei Asia, Apple will use M3 and A17 chips in products next year. TSMC is expected to begin production of these chips next year using its 2nd generation 3nm N3E process. The report claims that these new chips will be more powerful and more energy efficient than the 3nm N3 chip.
Apple may also use TSMC’s 3nm N3 process for some of its upcoming iPad models. The report does not mention the iPad model that could be equipped with this chipset. Cupertino Company is reported is about to launch an iPad Pro model with a chip manufactured using TSMC’s 5nm process. This iPad Pro model is expected to enter mass production in Q4/2012.
Nikkei Asia’s report adds that Apple may only equip the new A17 chip on iPhone Pro models that will launch in 2023, similar to iPhone 14″ was launched in global markets last week.
To recall, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max recently launched has the new A16 Bionic SoC. However, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus to be equipped with last year’s A15 Bionic SoC.
First comers report hinting that Apple could use TSMC’s 3nm process for M2 Pro chip, could be included in the company’s new 14-inch and 16-inch product lines MacBook Pro laptop.