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Apple Said To Use TSMC’s 4nm Process For ‘A16’ Processor

Apple Said To Use TSMCs 4nm Process For A16 Processor Apple Said To Use TSMC’s 4nm Process For ‘A16’ Processor The A14 Bionic on the iPhone 12 models is the first smartphone chip built with a 5nm process, but a report out today suggests that Apple and TSMC are already developing more advanced manufacturing processes.

Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce reported today that Apple plans to utilize TSMC’s next-generation 5nm+ process for the A15 chip on iPhones that will be released in 2021. 5nm+ is an upgraded version of the 5nm process, which can provide better energy efficiency and performance.

It is expected that A16 chips on the iPhone in 2022 will be built upon a 4nm process to further improve performance, energy efficiency, and transistor density. 

Looking ahead to 2021, in addition to Apple’s 5nm+ wafer input for the A15 Bionic SoC, trial production will also kick off for a small batch of AMD 5nm Zen 4 CPUs. These products will help maintain TSMC’s 5nm capacity utilization rate at an 85-90% range next year.

Furthermore, based on current data, Apple is highly likely to continue manufacturing its A16 SoCs with the 4nm process technology (a process shrink of the 5nm node).
A Mac equipped with a 5nm process M1 chip has just been released. Apple’s future Mac chips will also use the latest process technology. For example, M1X or M2 may use 5nm+ and 4nm processes.