Apple’s iPhone give TSMC an instant hit in chipmaking technology

“Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s introduction of a new chipmaking technology was a huge boost to the company amid a weakening global environment,” Tim Culpan writes for Bloomberg. “It’s 7-nanometer node, which measures the size of connections inside a chip, accounted for 11 percent of revenue during the third quarter, from zero in the previous three months.”

“That works out at around $934 million, surpassing revenue from its previous-generation 10-nanometer technology,” Culpan writes. “In fact, 10-nanometer revenue dropped by half, indicating some cannibalization.”

“Uptake for 7-nanometer is faster than for previous chipmaking processes, CEO C.C. Wei told investors Thursday,” Culpan writes. “TSMC doesn’t like to talk about clients, but Apple Inc. is a primary customer.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s revolutionary A12 Bionic SoC is manufactured by TSMC using a 7 nm FinFET process, the first to ship in a consumer product.

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  1. There hasn’t been much mention that Apple’s A12 Bionic SoC in the iPhone is the first consumer product with 7nm tech, but most consumers wouldn’t even be aware of what it is. You might think Wall Street could see the value of it but Apple isn’t going to be praised for it. It still only matters how many iPhone units are going to be sold. I’m willing to bet the 7nm A12 Bionic SoC isn’t considered by the smartphone community as being innovative enough.

    It seems as though Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor is going to have 7nm tech and I’ve heard quite a bit of news about it on the Android device side. It’s supposed to be a Snapdragon killer which I find a bit amusing.

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