Apple, Intel To Use TSMC’s 3nm Chip Production Technology: Report 

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TSMC has claimed its N3 technology will be the world’s most advanced technology when it begins volume production in the second half of 2022

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) has found Apple and Intel as the first adopters of its 3-nanometer chip production technology which is planned to be deployed next year, a report by Nikkei Asia said.   

Apple and Intel are testing their chip designs with TSMC’s 3-nanometer production technology with a commercial output of such chips expected to start in the second half of next year, the publication said citing various sources. 

TSMC has claimed its N3 technology will be the world’s most advanced technology when it begins volume production in the second half of 2022, adding that the 3-nm technology can increase computing performance by 10 per cent to 15 percent compared with 5-nm, while reducing power consumption by 25 percent to 30 percent.

The most advanced chip production tech being used for consumer products today is TSMC’s 5-nm technology, which is used for all iPhone 12 processor chips.

The report added that Apple’s iPad will likely be the first devices powered by processors made using 3-nm technology. 

“Intel, America’s biggest chipmaker, is working with TSMC on at least two 3-nm projects to design central processing units for notebooks and data center servers in an attempt to regain market share it has lost to Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia over the past few years. Mass production of these chips is expected to begin by the end of 2022 at the earliest,” noted Nikkei.

“Currently the chip volume planned for Intel is more than that for Apple’s iPad using the 3-nanometer process,” one of Nikkei’s sources said. 

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