TSMC has announced that it expects to mass-produce 3nm chips in the second half of 2022. Recently, people familiar with the matter revealed that Apple and Intel will take the lead in adopting TSMC’s 3nm process technology and are now conducting relevant tests; reports Nikkei
The report claims that Apple iPad will be the first product to trial TSMC’s 3nm process technology, and the new generation of iPhone that is expected to be launched next year will only use 4nm process technology instead of 3nm process due to time constraints.
Separately, Intel will also take the lead in using TSMC’s 3nm process technology. It is said that Intel is currently working with TSMC on two plans to use 3nm process technology, including the production of central processing units (CPU) in laptop computers and servers in data centres.
The report further said that the number of 3nm chips reserved by TSMC for Intel is higher than that of the Apple iPad. Compared with 5nm process technology, 3nm process technology can reduce power consumption by 25% to 30% and increase rate gain by 10% to 15%.
Rumours suggest the relevant chips can be mass-produced as early as the end of 2022. As of now, both Apple and Intel declined to comment on the report. We will learn more about TSMC’s 3nm chip tech in the coming months.