Apple's A12 to be the first 7nm chipset, reaping record profits for TSMC

Apple's A12 to be the first 7nm chipset, reaping record profits for TSMC
Apple has reportedly given TSMC the full contract for manufacturing the next gen iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus chipset, expected to be called the A12. The kicker this year is that the A12 might be the first 7nm processor to land in a retail phone, followed by the Snapdragon 855 in the Galaxy S10.

The so-called 7nm risk production is something that TSMC started last year, so there is a big chance that the 2018 iPhone crop will beat the Note 9 when it comes to chipsets, unless Samsung's phablet ships with an 8nm processor, which will pretty much be equivalent to whatever TSMC churns out. Аll 7nm processes aren't created equal, and Samsung's ultra-violet lithography (EUV) is way more advanced than TSMC's traditional optical one, which is nearing the limit of its capabilities, yet won't be available for mass production until next year.

That means Apple would probably go back to Samsung for an eventual A13, yet it's TSMC that will reap the A12 benefits this year. In fact, TSMC is heading to a record 2018 profit year, riding on Apple's giant 7nm order. Given that analysts expect the fall crop of iPhones to sell 100 million units before the year rolls over, it's not hard to fathom why TSMC can clock in record profits despite that it lowered the revenue projections. The jump to 7nm is a big thing, and this production node will probably stay with us for the next few years, so we can't wait to test what the A12 will be capable of.

source: Digitimes

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1. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

iOS 12 will suck all this power sadly ..

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016


14. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

It's not even out yet we dont know that

23. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Did you try it?! and as I except it Apple will introduce the first 7nm this time not Samsung.

24. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Where's your evidence that ios 12 will suck all the performance of the A12?

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

A13 Chip will use Tsmc 2nd generation 7nm process with euv in 2019 with a notchless iphone,inscreen fingerprint scanner,ios13 major update compare to ios12 minor update focus only on stability n reliability improvement n no new great features more like ios9.While 2020 iphone will come with 5G network and apple AR headset compatibility and announcements.While samsung will further improve euv process of 7nm in clock speed and efficiency in 2020 and 5nm in 2021 android flagship phones and 7nm in midrange phones in 2021.History repeat itself every 2 year just like next year 2019 it will do with 7nm on flagship phones and 10nm on midrange phones

20. somebody2312

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 23, 2018

Except at 5nm Quantum tunneling becomes a problem and unless they figure out a solution for that, this road map you made up is inaccurate

21. pankajxdx

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Nah bruh, electron too slippery anything south of 7nm, it tunnels out bruh.

4. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Iphone 2019 version will use black matrix display or drill hole in oled display to make room for speaker and camera inside screen just like inscreen fingerprint scanner sensor thus making a notchless iphone with a higher screen to body ratio and bezeless screen thus no need for notch anymore on smartphones.Let see it will ever happen or not,we will find it soon next year.Notch happen for a reason not for a stupid reason it was simple that it needed to achieve higher screen to body ratio in 18:9 display without eliminating speaker and camera other stuff in it like on iphone x,

5. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

You make no’re just blabbing away...

7. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Articles has been publish on this news do a simple google research dumbhead learning disabilty guy.Even ipa other news media outlet like slashgear have reported on it.Not spreading fake news everything according to phones news leaks

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He's the new Bankz

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016


13. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018 Here the proof on it done your homework for u and no need to call me new Bankz,only Nimbus.

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

104 posts in less than a month. Do you have any friends, a girlfriend or family?

17. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Every year there are hundreds of news stories with rumors about future iPhone designs, of which less than 5% turn out to be accurate. This far out, we have no idea, no one does. A few months before announcement we'll have a solid idea.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

And so far no news like: - Iphone 2018 series will be the first to pack 3000 mAh battery.

11. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I think it has something to do with Apple doubling down their security on the leaks pertaining to previous articles.

25. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Who needs to have it pack 3000 mAh battery if there's a powercase that can provide 10,000 mAh extra battery life?

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Didn't TSMC just take a big hit in the market due to lowered guidance with "weak demand from the mobile sector" as the reasoning?

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

100million processors for apple? Ok, let's just forget that TSMC also make billions of chips each year for Nvidia, Qualcomm, Mediatek, and others, because they'll surely get more profit from apple orders than other companies combined. /s

16. Bjorn

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I’ve been testing the A12 beta on my iPhone Galaxy S1,5 and I must say that I haven’t encountered any major issue, a minor one is that conke runs better than bepis. Regards.

18. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015


19. goodmorrow

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I just want to know when iOS will finally give users FULL multi tasking experience.

22. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Until Apple discontinues it's iPad line.

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