While the 5nm burning process at TSMC is taking shape after years of testing, we learn that Apple may already be ready to use it with its A14 bionic chips in the iPhone 12.
Engraving 7nm processors accounts for the majority of TSMC’s revenue, but the Taiwanese founder is working to launch his new 5nm FinFET protocol. This new node can be operational in April and offers better performance and energy efficiency. Huawei and Apple are likely to be among the first brands to benefit from this with the Chinese manufacturer’s new HiSilicon Kirin chips and the apple’s A14 Bionic SoCs. According to the information from WCCFTechApple’s new mobile processors have reached the end of their design life … and are therefore ready to go into production.
The iPhone 12 is too late, but it’s not the fault of its SoC!
At least Gokul Hariharan, an analyst at JP Morgan, plans to start producing Apple’s next chips in April or May. You should benefit from the punctuality of the TSMC, which managed to set up their new engraving process in time.
“” We also believe that the introduction of wafers for the new iPhones should start from April to May and that TSMC should not have a significant bottleneck in their production process. We believe that [la mise en place] The 5 nm protocol was developed relatively regularly in the fourth quarter of 2019 and in the first quarter of 2020 “, We read in his analysis.
However, if the A14 chips go into production on time, the launch of the iPhone 12 may be delayed. To WCCFTechApple engineers could not have completed the design of the new models because they could not get to China. As a victim of the global health situation, Apple’s new smartphones could be introduced in Cupertino in September (as every year), but would only come on the market in October or November.
Thanks to 5nm, the A14 chip is as powerful as a laptop processor
Based on TSMC’s 5nm engraving, Apple could significantly increase the performance of its new mobile processors. Rumor has it that the A14 Bionic chip is as fast as a 6-core Intel processor with low power consumption (as found on some high-end laptops).
In addition to installing it on the next iPhone, this new generation SoC should also benefit the future iPad Pro with an A14X or A14Z version. We can also imagine that they are driving the new iPad Air, which currently uses the A12 Bionic processors of the iPhone Xr and Xs. If the rumors about their performance are confirmed, it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple tries to integrate them into future laptops. The company would then have enough to do without Intel … At least on their laptops.