Apple is ordering a 3nm chip from TSMC for Mac, iPhone

San Francisco, December 25 (IANS): Apple has secured a large portion of orders for 3-nanometer (nm) chips from semiconductor maker TSMC for its upcoming iOS and Silicon devices.

TSMC is almost ready for the certification process and “is likely to start trial production next year, while mass production will take place in 2022,” GSMArena reports.

The company’s goal is an annual production capacity of 600,000 pieces.

“Furthermore, it wants to provide a converted monthly production capacity of more than 50,000 pieces.”

The transition from TSMC to 3nm will benefit Apple, as the company has set out to move its entire portfolio towards self-designed chips.

TSMC has already mass-produced a 5nm processor for most leading devices, including Apple’s A14 Bionic and M1 chips.

The report claims that 3nm chips will initially be used for iPad and MacBook devices. However, these chips will eventually reach the iPhone.

Apple has released its new M1 Silicon chips, which are based on ARM. The chips are made using TSMC’s 5nm technology and are built into their new Macs.

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