December 4, 2023

It appears like 3-nanometer chips are en path to the TSMC Arizona facility.

Apple chip provider TSMC has introduced that plans are in place to mass produce 3-nanometer chips at its $12 billion Arizona facility.

Chatting with reporters on Monday in Taipei, Morris Chang mentioned the 3-nanometre plant could be positioned on the identical Arizona web site because the 5-nanometre plant. Chang has retired from TSMC however nonetheless stays influential within the firm.

Per Chang:

“Three-nanometre, TSMC proper now has a plan, but it surely has not been fully finalized. It has nearly been finalized – in the identical Arizona web site, part two. 5-nanometre is part one, 3-nanometre is part two.”

Apple is rumored to be shifting its Apple Silicon merchandise to the 3nm course of with both the M2 Professional or M3 chip. Each Apple’s ‌M3‌ chip for Macs and A17 chip for iPhone 15 Professional fashions are anticipated to be manufactured based mostly on TSMC’s enhanced 3nm course of. In accordance with Bloomberg, the M2 Professional anticipated for subsequent tear’s 14-inch MacBook Professional, subsequent 12 months’s 16-inch MacBook Professional, and a doable high-end Mac mini are anticipated to include such a chip.

The transfer to a 3nm chip usually leads to improved efficiency and energy effectivity, enabling quicker speeds and longer battery life on future Macs and iPhones.

TSMC has said that its 3nm expertise, often called “N3,”

In accordance with TSMC, 3nm expertise, also called N3, will supply as much as 70 % logic density achieve, as much as 15 % velocity enchancment on the identical energy, and as much as 30 % energy discount on the identical velocity when in comparison with its predecessor. TSMC has said that it’s concentrating on quantity manufacturing of this product within the second half of 2022.

Keep tuned for extra particulars as they turn into out there.

By way of MacRumors, Reuters, and Bloomberg