TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) just recently announced that it’s working on the new 5nm chip for the next iPhone. The company has been Apple’s exclusive supplier of A-series processing chips. And after this new announcement, it seems certain that 2020’s iPhone will have a 5nm processor as well.
The new chips are already in preliminary risk production. Not only that, but TSMC also has plans to invest $25 billion towards their volume production.
In its announcement about 5nm chips, TSMC told:
Compared with TSMC’s 7nm process, its innovative scaling features deliver 1.8X logic density and 15% speed gain on an ARM® Cortex®-A72 core, along with superior SRAM and analog area reduction enabled by the process architecture. The 5nm process enjoys the benefits of process simplification provided by EUV lithography, and is making excellent progress in yield learning, achieving the best technology maturity at the same corresponding stage as compared to TSMC’s previous nodes.
Additionally, there’s good news for Android devices too. Qualcomm is also planning to manufacture 5nm chips for other Android phones. And after the A13 5nm chips for the next year’s iPhone, there is a chance to see the same for Android too. Snapdragon processors based on 5nm architecture will be making their arrival soon.
As for 2019, the chip inside in the upcoming iPhone will be based on 7nm+ architecture.
Previously, TSMC had provided the A10, A11, and A12 chips in the past iPhone models for Apple. Some of them include the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, respectively.