In its latest shareholders meeting, TSMC’s CEO has said that the company is on track to start producing 5nm chips from the first half of 2020. This would mean that Apple would fabricate its chip for the 2020 iPhone on the 5nm node.
Last year, Apple was the first company to use TSMC’s 7nm node to fabricate a smartphone processor. This year, the A13 chip inside the iPhone 11 series is rumored to be based on TSMC’s enhanced 7nm fabrication process.
It was earlier believed that TSMC’s 5nm node would not be ready in time for Apple to use for its A14 chip on the 2020 iPhones. This was also the reason as to why Qualcomm decided to go with Samsung’s 5nm EUV node for its 2020 Snapdragon chip. However, given the demand, TSMC has become “a little bit more aggressive” with its 5nm production ramp-up which would allow it to start mass-producing the chips from H1 2020 itself.
TSMC has become “a little bit more aggressive” with regards to its 5nm production ramp-up, said company CEO CC Wei during a Q&A session at the investors conference. The foundry is on track to move the node to volume production in the first half of 2020. An acceleration in the worldwide 5G development will lead to an increase in demand for TSMC’s 5nm and 7nm processes, Wei believes.
The 2020 iPhone is shaping up to be a major release. Apart from a 5nm A14 chip, it is also rumored to come with 5G connectivity, a new design, smaller notch, and more. Would you hold out for the 2020 iPhone since it is going to come with some major new features or are you looking at to the iPhone 11 later this year itself?