TSMC preps Apple's next-gen 20nm A7 processor, might land in next year's iPad first

TSMC preps Apple's next-gen 20nm A7 processor, might land in next year's iPad first
Just as we heard Intel is trying to get its foot in the door on the production of Apple's next-gen A7 processor for phones and tablets, DigiTimes confirms that production trial runs have already started indeed, but at TSMC.

The foundry is prepped to "tape out" the new A7 chip on none other but the bleeding edge 20nm process, and the silicon is allegedly going to be ready for mass production for Apple's gadgets in Q1 of 2014, meaning we'd likely see it in a killer iPad first. Given that currently even the most advanced mobile chips are done with 28nm, the A7 should sport quite an advantageous power consumption/performance ratio in comparison when it lands.

source: Digitimes



1. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Next year? How about this year?

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Close to be impossible, they barely succeded in having a good amount of 28nm production this year

3. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Coming soon, on the iPad 74.

4. drpain

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

iOS is the problem, not the hardware

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

lets wait and watch

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