Apple A12 chip to drive TSMC's 7nm production this year; 5nm chips could roll off the line H2 2019

Apple A12 chip to drive TSMC's 7nm production this year; 5nm chips could roll off the line H2 2019
Earlier this month, we told you that TSMC has started churning out chips using the 7nm process. This was confirmed last week by the company's CEO, CC Wei. The executive made a comment about TSMC beginning commercial production of such chips during the firm's technology symposium in Taiwan. The Apple A12 SoC, to debut in the 2018 iPhone models, is built using the 7nm process and will be a big contributor to TSMC's 7nm production growth in 2018, according to market sources.

The company now has overall production capacity of 12 million 12-inch wafers, up 9.5% from last year's capacity of 10.5 million wafers. TSMC has orders for 7nm chips from 20 companies including AMD, Nvidia and Qualcomm. Most of these orders will be run in the first half of 2019. TSMC will have 50 chip designs designed for 7nm by the end of the year with most of the tape-outs for AI, GPU, cryptocurrency and 5G chips.

Starting in the third quarter, TSMC will begin risk production of 7nm chips using Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) for more precise etching of designs on wafers. This technology not only saves time, but also helps companies design more powerful and energy efficient chips. Speaking of which, TSMC plans risk production for chips using the 5nm node in the first half of next year; mass production of 5nm chips could start as early as the second half of 2019.

source: Digitimes

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26 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2873; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Great! Now give us A12 geekbench numbers :)))

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Enjoy your precious number.. While SD and exynos will still lead in app launch speed, multitask, and battery life.

5. tangbunna

Posts: 444; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

apple cpu in combination with iOS makes iphone fast. but due to 3gb ram, multitasking is just a dream.

8. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It's called ram Management LOL

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6391; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No matter which soc is 2 ms faster, how is that affecting your everyday usage? Your ... phone processes the task 2 ms faster than my ... phone (or vice versa), than we both put our phones inside our trousers and each take a dump... I am glad to see iPhone getting beaten, because I know Apple is going to push harder, and you should be glad too when your favorite OEM gets beaten, because of the same thing.

19. DolmioMan

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Lol, battery life. The iPhone 8+/X last about the same as devices on Android with 3000mAh batteries. I’ve noticed about a 25% drop on iOS 12 betas but still get 5-6 hours SoT. Also the A11 beats out or equals the SD 845/Exynos 9810 in app launch speed. It’s RAM management that lets it down in the “real world” speed tests that are nothing even close to real life usage and are just a clickbaity revenue stream for idiots to watch.

26. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hope Apple listen this time and bring iPhone X plus with 4gigs of ram or beat it with 6 gig of ram. But I don’t think so they’ll keep 6 gig of ram for iPad Pro as usual.

23. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Exyons mayabe snapdragon nope.

25. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Battrey life iPhone X and S9 plus Exyons battrey life is the same even some time iPhone X better.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No way TSMC will use 7nm only for 1 year.

6. tangbunna

Posts: 444; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

they dont run business just for a year. low end cpu and other high end brands are on the order list for years later.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2118; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Can’t wait... GB4 scores will remain high

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