Apple to Adopt TSMC's 3nm Process for Next Generation iPad Pro Chips, 4nm Process for 2022 iPhones [Report]

Apple to Adopt TSMC's 3nm Process for Next Generation iPad Pro Chips, 4nm Process for 2022 iPhones [Report]

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Apple and Intel will the first adopters of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co's next generation chip technology, according to a new report from Nikkei. Both companies are testing chip designs with TSMC's 3nm production process.

Commercial output of 3nm chips is expected to start in the second half of 2022. The technology is said improve computing performance by 10-15% versus 5nm and reduce power consumption by 25-30%.

Nikkei says that the iPad, presumably the iPad Pro, could get a 3nm chip next year while the iPhone will be upgraded with a 4nm chip.

Apple's iPad will likely be the first devices powered by processors made using 3-nm technology, sources said. The next generation of iPhones, which are to roll out next year, are expected to make use of the intermediate 4-nm tech for scheduling reasons.

Since only the iPad will use 3nm chips in 2022, more 3nm chip volume is planned for Intel than Apple.

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Apple to Adopt TSMC's 3nm Process for Next Generation iPad Pro Chips, 4nm Process for 2022 iPhones [Report]

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