18 June 2019
Apple is rumored to retain the 7nm-based design infrastructure for this year’s iPhone models and while we are yet to witness these models in September, a new report coming from DigiTimes talks about the iPhone 2020 models. According to the report, Apple will use 5nm chips for its iPhones coming in next year. In fact, its supplier TSMC has completed the design infrastructure of the 5nm-based chips and already made them ready to be used by its vendors.
Back in February, a similar report came from DigiTimes reflects that Apple would use the 5nm-based chips in its 2020 models. However, it’s still not confirmed if TSMC is going to be the sole supplier of these new chips because it’s expected to become one for this year’s iPhone models. As a matter of fact, TSMC has long been the sole supplier of A-series chips to Apple.
Cliff Hou, VP of R&D and technology development at TSMC said,
“5-nanometer technology requires deeper design-technology co-optimization. Therefore, we collaborate seamlessly with our ecosystem partners to ensure we deliver silicon-validated IP blocks and EDA tools ready for customer use. As always, we are committed to helping customers achieve first-time silicon success and faster time-to-market.”
The 5nm chips would improve power efficiency and allow the manufacturers to increase the clock speeds which leads to overall better performance.