TSMC plans to produce a 5nm A14X bionic chip for Apple this year, according to the latest news frommedia Phone Arena. TSMC started using the 5nm process for chip production this year, and the more transistors in the chip, the higher the power and energy efficiency of the chip. Chips made from 7nm processes such as the A13 Bionic and SnapSnapdragon 865 have approximately 96.5 million transistors per square millimeter, while 5nm chips have 171.3 million transistors.
To put it another way, the A13 bionic chip contains 8.5 billion transistors, while the 5nm A14 bionic chipset may have 15 billion transistors inside. The 5G version of the 2020 iPhone is likely to be the first smartphone with a 5nm chipset.
TSMC’s 5nm schedule for the period 2020-2022 has been exposed in the media. These chips will be manufactured using the factory’s N5 and N5 plus process nodes. Apple and Huawei are the only companies expected to acquire 5nm chips this year. Pictures show that Apple will not only ship 5nm A14 bionic chips this year, but also the A14X. Even if Apple starts receiving chips for the A14X this year, the release of the 5G version of the iPad Pro will have to wait until early next year.
By 2021, TSMC’s 5nm plan includes Qualcomm’s SnapDragon 875 mobile platform, Apple’s A15 bionic chip and Huawei’s Kirin 1100. After that, TSMC will begin testing the production of the 3nm process.