The world’s largest independent foundry is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and it brings to life chips designed by some of the best tech companies on the planet including Apple, MediaTek, AMD, and more. Last year TSMC started building cutting-edge
chips with its 5nm process node including the A14 Bionic used in the iPhone 12
As more and more transistors fit into a square mm, the more powerful and energy-efficient chips become. TSMC is expected to launch its 3nm process node during the second half of 2022 and there is a good chance that the A16 Bionic chipsets for the iPhone 14 line will be the first mass produced at that node. But before TSMC gets to 3nm, Digitimes
says that TSMC will produce 4nm chips later this year.
TSMC expects to produce 4nm chips this year with 3nm chips due during the second half of 2022
The 3nm process node will provide up to a 15% speed gain or consume up to 30% less power compared to the 5nm process. Following a couple of years of 3nm, we should see 2nm next and both TSMC and Samsung Foundry have plans to produce at that process node. But what happens after that is definitely up in the air for now.
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