Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin volume production of 5nm chips in the first half of 2020, according to the company's CFO.
The Taiwanese foundry produces all of Apple's processors. TSMC's move to 5nm comes straight to the point to take advantage of this groundbreaking process in the A1
4 processors for next year's iPhone and iPad models.
Analysts previously predicted that TSMC would perfect its 5nm process within next year. Now, TSMC's CFO Lora Ho has made it officially at the company's shareholder meeting, according to DigiTimes .
Ho did not say specifically that Apple committed to using this new technology. However, the two companies have worked together since iPhone's earliest days. TSMC delivers Apple with better chips every year.
This seems to indicate that the 2020 iPhone will provide a truly significant CPU speed increase over today's models. It is also expected to be the first iOS handset with 5G, which provides another type of speed enhancement.
Why 5mn show better than 7nm
Much of the TSMC's research and development budget goes into shrinking the distance between processor components.
The Apple A12 Bionic chip used in the 2018 iPhone XS, XS Max and XR was the first in this series with only 7nm between components.
This year's upcoming A13 chip, allegedly using an improved version of the 7nm process, is in production and directed to the iPhone 11. This chip will provide significant improvements in multi-core and graphics performance, according to a recent leak.