We aren’t yet out of the 2019 iPhone rumor woods but attention is already turning to what Apple will announce next year. The 2020 iPhones are said to be the next big revision and as part of that it’s believed that they will be the first iPhones to use 5nm chips.
Lending further credence to that belief we have TSMC, the maker of Apple’s A-series chips, saying that it is on track to start 5nm mass production as soon as the first half of 2020.
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The statement came from TSMC’s CEO when speaking at a shareholder meeting, according to DigiTimes.
Because of strong demand for 5G-related solutions from some major clients, Ho continued, the pure-play foundry’s capex this year will outpace the high end of its previously-estimated US$10-11 billion. TSMC plans to spend more to expand further its 7nm process production capacity and build up capacity for its newer 5nm node, according to Ho.
TSMC has become “a little bit more aggressive” with regards to its 5nm production ramp-up, said company CEO CC Wei during a Q&A session at the investors conference. The foundry is on track to move the node to volume production in the first half of 2020. An acceleration in the worldwide 5G development will lead to an increase in demand for TSMC’s 5nm and 7nm processes, Wei believes.
The 2020 iPhones are already being touted as the ones that will include 5G connectivity for the first time, too.
By using 5nm CPUs, Apple will be able to save power on potentially physical space on the phone’s logic board. The power saving in particular, along with an increase in raw speed, will be well received by Apple’s engineers and users alike.
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