The nanometer game begins, and the world of miniaturization is getting smaller with Apple’s plans to launch a tinier Bionic chip in 2020. According to reports released by DigiTimes, Apple may float 5-nanometer chip for its 2020 iPhones.
Notably, Apple’s previous 7-nanometer A12 chip has created much hype. If TSMC (Apple authorized smartphone chip maker) successfully manufactures 5nm chip, this would be a significant achievement in the direction of miniaturization.
TSMC Likely to Bag First 5nm Chip Orders from Apple
According to DigiTimes,
“TSMC is expected to secure the first 5nm chip orders from Apple for the 2020 iPhones.” The media also adds, “TSMC expressed previously optimism about its performance in 2020 and 2021 when 5G and other emerging technologies mature. Despite its dim business and industry outlook this year, TSMC claimed it is making progress in the development of sub-7nm process technologies with plans to move a newer 5nm EUV process to volume production by 2020 well on track.”
However, small is not always capable of delivering better performance. But manufacturing smaller chips means packing more of them on. Considering Apple’s past miniaturization achievements, the next chip (2020 iPhone) can call for a special celebration.
Earlier, there was a healthy competition between Apple and Huawei for launching nanometer chips. Though Huawei showcased its 7nm Kirin 980 first, Apple shipped its 7nm iPhones before Huawei. Apple’s A12 was one of the first chips to use 7-nanometer process.
Apple’s A12 chip garnered global attention, and this was reflected in Fast Company’s list of the most innovative companies. Although the publication pushed Apple to the seventeenth position, it made a special mention of Apple’s excellent A12 Bionic chip.
TSMC is going to manufacture Apple’s A13 chips for 2019 iPhones. However, the company will use the 7nm process. Despite this, there might be performance upgrades due to new processes, which include extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV). This will place more detailed microscopic patterns onto chips.
DigiTimes has always cracked reliable stories regarding Apple’s future manufacturing plans. Let’s hope Apple introduces more advanced technologies and devices to compensate for the sluggish sales of current iPhones.
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