Apple supplier TSMC to make 3nm chips at Arizona plant

Tim Hardwick

According to the founder of the Taiwanese company, Apple's chip supplier TSMC plans to mass-produce next-generation 3nm chips at its $12 billion Arizona facility.

Chatting with reporters Monday in Taipei, Morris Chang said the 3nm plant will be located in the same location in Arizona as the 5nm plant. not yet fully completed,” Chang, who left TSMC but still has a lot of influence in the company, told Reuters. “It's almost completed – at the same plant in Arizona, the second stage. 5nm is the first stage, 3nm is the second.” silicon to 3nm process technology, starting with the M2 Pro or M3 chip. And Apple ‌M3‌ The chip for Mac computers and the A17 chip for iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to be manufactured using TSMC's advanced 3nm process. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said he expects ‌M2‌ Pro will be used next year in updates to the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the high-end Mac mini.

Moving to a more advanced process typically results in improved performance and energy efficiency, delivering more Faster speeds and longer battery life on future Macs and iPhones. According to TSMC, the 3nm technology, also known as N3, will deliver up to a 70% increase in logic density, up to a 15% increase in speed at the same power, and up to a 30% reduction in power at the same speed compared to its predecessor. The company says it plans mass production in the second half of this year.

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