Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may start producing new 3nm chips for Apple later this year, a new report says. The Cupertino company could be the first to use the new 3nm processor for its M2 Pro chipset. The report also suggests that Apple’s A17 Bionic chip and M3 chip could continue to use TSMC’s 3nm process. The move from TSMC’s 5nm process to the 3nm process is expected to result in improved performance and energy efficiency.
According to one report by Taiwan’s Trade Times (through the MacRumors), Apple will take advantage TSMC3nm process of M2 Pro chip, which is expected in the company’s new 14-inch and 16-inch product lines MacBook Pro laptop. These MacBook Pro laptops are expected will arrive later this year or early 2023.
The report further mentions that a new high-end Mac Mini could also come with the new M2 Pro chip. Apple is expected to use TSMC’s 3nm process for its A17 Bionic chip for next year’s iPhone 15 Pro models. The technology could also be used for the M3 chip for future generations of MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
M2 Pro chips manufactured using the 3nm process are expected to offer faster performance and better power efficiency than those manufactured using TSMC’s 5nm process. It may help improve battery life in the future Iphone and Mac.
Apple is expected to be the first to use TSMC’s 3nm chips later this year. However, companies like IntelSupermicro, Huida, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Broadcom, and more are likely to get their hands on 3nm chips next year. Even AMD is expected to use TSMC’s 3nm process for some of its products after a full transition to the Zen 5 architecture next year or next.