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TSMC and ARM working on 7nm process for iPhone 8's A12 chipset?

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TSMC and ARM working on 7nm process for iPhone 8's A12 chipset?
Chip maker TSMC, rumored to be producing all of the Apple A10 chipsets that will be found in the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, said today that it is working with ARM to develop a 7nm FinFET chip manufacturing process. The latter could be used as soon as 2018 to produce an Apple A12 chipset for the Apple iPhone 8.

According to a possible timetable, 7nm FinFET chips will start early production next year. It might take some time for the chip to be mass produced in the quantities needed to fulfill a large order placed by Apple.

Currently, Apple employs the A9 SoC in the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. The A9 is built by both Samsung and TSMC. Sammy's version uses the 14nm process compared to the 16nm process used on TSMC's A9. The size of the process node is important since smaller transistors on a chip make the component more power efficient. The FinFET part of the equation helps reduce the leakage of current that takes place with smaller chips.
Before we get to 7nm, 10nm is next. Most likely, we won't see chips made using that process inside the iPhone until the A11 chipset is produced for 2017's Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus. Last month, Samsung displayed the world's first 10nm FinFET chip at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). 

source: TheRegister

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posted on 16 Mar 2016, 11:52

1. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

Oh s**t. This is exciting.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 12:16 9

6. Guaire (Posts: 741; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

That's only between ARM and TSMC, not Apple. Even your source doesn't mention it like you presented here.


posted on 16 Mar 2016, 13:42 5

16. Techist (Posts: 281; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)

Article title wildly misleading. The sources don't mention Apple or even something like "an unspecified customer." It is just an agreement between ARM and TSMC to jointly work on the 7nm process node which will be available to all of TSMC's customers, which would include Apple, Qualcomm, Mediatek, Rockchip, etc. Plus it needs to be born in mind that Apple doesn't just purchase off-the-shelf processors but rather licenses ARM IP to develop their own custom processors which are then fabbed by a foundry, usually either TSMC or Samsung or both.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 12:43

7. byazatt (Posts: 298; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Hahaha, grabs pop corn.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 12:55 1

8. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Expect the process node to be delayed till 2019. 7nm is gonna take forever.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 04:10

35. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

yeah right.. even on 2016 they still use 14nm and 16nm..
they think it will be 10nm for 2017, and 7nm for 2918? did they only use 10nm only for 1 year? lol
even intel delay their 10nm until H2 2017 :-/

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 13:55 9

17. carlemillward (unregistered)

Source says: "It churns out chips for the likes of Nvidia, AMD, Qualcomm, Apple, Marvell, and Broadcom."

Title says: "TSMC-and-ARM-working-on-7nm-process-for-iPhone-8s​-A12-chipset"

PhoneArena always trying to squeeze an Apple article out of everything.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 14:33 2

26. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Yep pathetic! :)

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 15:41 1

27. Wiencon (Posts: 2022; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)

Get a life boys

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 16:46

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 24925; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

You guys sound like some little b****es man! All this back and forth, and for what! Not one person that's a n this thread is gonna use this stuff to influence their buying decision, and who cares about side by side comparisons in real life situations.

Just wow!!!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 18:58 1

32. flavius22 (Posts: 212; Member since: 23 Aug 2015)

You, the jurnalist asking us.?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 20:02

33. Coconut00 (Posts: 485; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)

PA's next article: Galaxy Note 14 to have a flexible 8K AMOLED display?

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 22:01

34. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

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