Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced the design infrastructure for its 5nm process technology earlier today.
As we have seen with processors becoming smaller and smaller over the years, TSMC has improved speeds with its 5 nm process compared to the previous generation. TSMC had the following to say about the improvements:
Compared to TSMC's 7nm process, the innovative scale features deliver 1.8X logical density and 15% speed advantage on an ARM Cortex-A72 core, along with superior SRAM and analogue area reduction enabled by the process architecture.
Please note that since 2016, TSMC has been and has been the sole supplier of Apple & # 39; s A-series chips. MacRumors notes that TSMC has fulfilled all orders for the A10 Fusion, A11 Bionic and A12 Bionic chips. As such, the chip maker is expected to be the only supplier for future A-series chips.
The good news for Apple is that it can now continue to produce 5nm A-series chips for future iPhones. We could see the chips from the 2020 iPhones, with this year's iPhones expected to be A13 processors with the 7nm + process.
There is also a silver border for Android devices. Qualcomm has done well to bridge the gap between its major Snapdragon processors and the A-series chips, not only in terms of performance, but also in the constantly shrinking chip processes. As such, we could see 5nm Snapdragon chips debut shortly after the A13.
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