TSMC, a Taiwanese OEM that produces semiconductors and chipsets. Founded in the year 1987 the company currently holds the title for world’s …
TSMC, a Taiwanese OEM that produces semiconductors and chipsets. Founded in the year 1987 the company currently holds the title for world’s largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry. Corporations including Apple, Qualcomm and AMD are one of the few customers of TSMC.
The company has qualified a significant achievement in the field of chipset technology which is starting risk production of 5 nm chips. This step would allow the company to reduce the size of a given chipset by up to 45% in comparison to the current technology which is 7 nm. Furthermore, it will provide a performance boost of up to 15% in devices that incorporate the chipset. Even though the size of the foundation die has changed, the architecture of a particular chipset remains the same (eg: A73, Kryo 460). Accrediting to the size reduction, devices using the chipset manufactured using 5 nm process will be more power efficient. Therefore, proving for a longer battery backup on portable devices.
Except for the 5 nm process node, TSMC is also working on the 5 nm+ technology which will push a chipsets performance even further. However, the risk production of chipsets with this fabrication process will reportedly begin next year and they will be production ready by Q1 of 2021. For chipsets originating later this year, the company has 7 nm+ process ready. It should offer 20 % higher transistor density and 6-12% reduction in power consumption.
2019 iPhone Renders
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Notable companies that are lined up for the 7 nm+ based chipsets manufactured by TSMC include Qualcomm and Apple. TSMC being the sole chip supplier for Apple, at least until now, will manufacture SoCs for 2019 iPhones. Consequently, the upcoming smartphones from Apple will be kitted with 7 nm+ based chipsets which is assumed to carry the A13 Bionic moniker.
One of the most vital components of the 2019 iPhone is already being fabricated. The A13 chip is now in trial production by TSMC, the Taiwanese …
One of the most vital components of the 2019 iPhone is already being fabricated. The A13 chip is now in trial production by TSMC, the Taiwanese company that has produced every iPhone and iPad chip for years.
What to expect from the Apple A13
Apple and TSMC have managed to bost the overall performance of A-series chips every year since the launch of the first iPhone, and this next iteration isn’t expected to be any different.
The A13 will be made with an improved version of the 7 nanometer production process used on the A12, according to information leaked to Bloomberg. This is a measurement of the distance between components of the processor. Packing these into less space means better performance and less waste heat, saving power.
Steady improvement in iPhone processors
TSMC has managed to move from a 20nm design in 2014 to a 10nm process in 2017 to the current 7nm. It’s expected to be able to put 5nm chips in the 2020 iPhone.
To realize what an achievement this is, consider that most of Intel’s processors are made with a 14nm process, and the company is still early in the process of transitioning to 10nm.
The reliable, steady improvement to be expected from the A-series and TSMC is one of the reasons cited in the unconfirmed reports that Apple plans to transition Mac to using this type of processor, and away from Intel.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited or TSMC is a leading chipmaking company that manufactures chipsets for Qualcomm, …
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited or TSMC is a leading chipmaking company that manufactures chipsets for Qualcomm, Huawei, Apple, etc. The Taiwan-based company is working on the next advanced 5nm node to manufacture future chipsets and according to its timeline, the company has already started risk production and expects to ship out mass production for the next-gen 5nm chipsets by the first half of next year.
When compared to the 7nm manufacturing node which was used in Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 AI chip as well, the 5nm node will offer up to 45% reduction in area and 15% higher performance along with other improvements that will be shipped out with it.
Apart from the 5nm chipsets, TSMC is also working on refined and improved next-gen 7nm+ node using EUV technology since the previous 7nm chipsets weren’t able to use EUV technology due to some problems. The EUV technology used in 7nm+ chipsets will offer 20% higher transistor density along with 12% reduction in power consumption when compared to the currently used 7nm process which is a huge win over limitations.
It is a known fact that the Taiwan-based chipmaking giant is Apple’s sole chip supplier till 2020 where it manufactures 7nm Apple A12 Bionic chips and currently moving on to the next Apple A13 chipsets for 2019 iPhones which could either use 7nm+ or 5nm node for sure. Further, Qualcomm is also contracting TSMC to manufacture Snapdragon 855 which is the premium chipset for flagship smartphones.
Keeping all types of chipsets aside, TSMC is also in works in developing 5nm+ chipsets that will be refined, improved and attuned version of the 5nm chipsets that will bring in a reduction in area, power consumption, increase in performance and more. The 5nm+ process is expected to start risk production in the first quarter of 2020 followed by mass production in 2021.
However, the question arises, what after 5nm chipsets? Could TSMC or any other chipmunking giant manufacture a 3nm chip since we are already pushing the limits of how many transistors a chip can hold even though we have been able to reduce the size of transistors to a mere 5nm across (5nm chipset) as we are reaching the top of Moore’s Law here? Anyways, whatever it is, you’ll get to know more about the technology here on True-Tech for sure.
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TSMC has started risk production of 5nm chips and expects to be ready to begin mass production in the first half of next year. This process promises much smaller chips (up to 45% area reduction), as well as performance gains (up to 15%) compared to the current 7nm chipsets. Thats ignoring improvements in architecture, of course.
For chipsets coming out later this year, TSMC has the 7nm+ process ready. It should offer 6-12% reduction in power consumption and 20% higher transistor density compared to the current 7nm process.
There are plenty of customers lined up for 7nm+. TSMC is Apples sole chip supplier until 2020 and there are new iPhones coming out later this year. Qualcomm will likely pick TSMC for the new premium Snapdragons as it used the 7nm process for the 855. Huawei should introduce a new Kirin with the Mate 30 later this year, though it may stick to the current 7nm process instead of going for 7nm+.
TSMCs next process node, 5nm+, is also in the works. It will start risk production in Q1 next year and will be ready for mass production in 2021. It should improve performance and power numbers, but there are no official forecasts yet.
TSMC‘s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) CEO CC Wei announced in April that the company is already working on developing its …
TSMC‘s (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) CEO CC Wei announced in April that the company is already working on developing its 5nm process, something Apple will reportedly take advantage of for the Bionic chip inside 2020 iPhones.
A recent report suggests that TSMC is on track for kicking off 5nm production in 2020, but the company is already working on an advanced production for the chip, which will be likely rolled out one year later, in 2021.
The new process is called N5+, or 5nm Plus, and will improve on performance and power consumption. 5nm Plus risk production will reportedly begin in the first quarter of 2020. CEO CC Wei believes that volume production will begin in the first half of 2020 for 5nm, and one year later for 5nm Plus.
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