Apple expected to deploy TSMC’s first 5nm ‘A14’ chips in 2020 iPhone

“Chipmakers are expected to showcase their new-generation chip solutions for AI and 5G applications at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair, with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) being their major foundry partner thanks to the competitiveness of its EUV-based process technology, according to industry source,” Monica Chen and Jessie Shen reports for DigiTimes.

“In addition, TSMC has obtained 7nm chip orders for 5G related applications including HPC and IoT from AMD, Nvidia, Xilinx, NXP, OmniVision and TI, the sources added,” Chen and Shen reports. “TSMC is expected to secure the first 5nm chip orders from Apple for the 2020 iPhones, the sources continued.”

Chen and Shen reports, “TSMC expressed previously optimism about its performance in 2020 and 2021, when 5G and other emerging technologies mature.”

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  1. That processing power is all very nice, but why is that much power needed in a smartphone? Most consumers are not going to be willing to pay $1000 for even the most powerful smartphone on the planet. I understand this is just a natural progression of transistor density but Apple needs to be able to do something special with that power that no other company can do in order to give them a decent advantage over Android smartphones. Apparently, consumers aren’t willing to pay for something they can’t see. They need something flashy to attract them.

    1. iPhone and iPad and Apple Watch capabilities have increased immensely since their respective introductions. Apple is placing a lot of emphasis on AR, which will require quite a bit of processing power along with sensors, etc. The iPhone is a mobile computer, so more power is almost always a good thing. And think of the potential to spread the A-series processors across Macs, too. Steve Jobs would be proud that Apple is close to “owning” or fully controlling a major aspect of their product technology going forward. The in-house A-series processor development may be one of the most important and long-lasting initiatives from the Steve Jobs era.

      Also, it is unclear that the A-series processor is a major cost driver for Apple’s iOS devices. So I don’t know if it is fair to blame the recent hikes in iPhone prices to the processor. It may very well be a contributor, but is it a driving factor?

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