iPhone Supplier TSMC Announced Production of 2nm Processors by 2025
Apple’s chip supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has revealed its plans to begin production of 2nm processors by 2025. As the industry projects a transition over to 2nm technology, TSMC is committed to keeping up with its competitors.
The announcement (via Nikkei Asia) was conducted in person. The company made this occasion the first time it is locking down a schedule of when it proposes to hit production of 2nm processors.
The Taiwanese chip titan said its 2nm tech will be based on “nanosheet transistor architecture” to deliver significant improvements in performance and power efficiency. Nanosheet architecture is a completely different infrastructure from the Finfet infrastructure used for 5nm chips, currently the most advanced on the market. Such new tech requires massive investments to make available.
Currently, many Apple products are being run off 5nm processors. Devices like the iPhone and Mac utilize these chipsets. During WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled its M2 chip, which is said to be based on 5nm technology with 20 billion transistors. However, a transition to 3nm chips is said to be in the works. Although it’s taken the supplier some time for production to build momentum, it’s said that a 3nm chip may be featured this year, powering the iPhone 14.
We’re still quite a few years away from 2nm technology being properly utilized. That said, with smaller processors comes better performance. Alongside better performance may come with improved internal specs as a smaller chip leaves more room for larger internals or even an improved battery to power it all.