Apple will be the first to use the new 3nm TSMC chips for its M2 Pro processor, expected to be available with new Macs later this year. Previous reports indicated that the manufacturer would delay the production of this technology, but it has now confirmed that the 3-nm expansion will maintain the original plan.
according to Taiwan Business Times (Across Mac rumors), TSMC is preparing 3-nm chips for a number of companies. Although Apple will be the first to take advantage of this technology, Intel also plans to expand its use in the second half of next year to produce chips in processors, including Super Micro, Huida, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Broadcom and more, as revealed by insiders. On Industry Publishing.
External environmental variables such as the Russo-Ukrainian war and global inflation have dampened demand for consumer electronics such as smartphones and laptops, which could lead to a subsequent slowdown in demand for data centers and high-performance computing (HPC), and the industry has an excessive inventory in the semiconductor production chain. connectors. It is still questionable whether it can be effectively eliminated in the first half of next year, but based on past historical experience, downturns usually cause semiconductor companies to accelerate the development of new chips.
The report states that Apple’s M2 Pro chip will be the first product to feature 3nm technology and will be available in the second half of this year. After introducing the M2 chip with the 13-inch MacBook Pro and redesigning the MacBook Air early this year, the company is expected to unveil new variants of this processor with the new M2 Pro, M2 Max and even M2 Extreme variants.
Recent reports indicate that Apple will hold an event in October dedicated to Mac and iPad devices. For the Mac, the company can reveal new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro options with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. The new Mac mini and Mac Pro could have these new chips as well.
What’s interesting about this report is that Apple is going from 5nm technology with the A15 chip – and most likely the A16 as well – to the 3nm A17 processor. The same is worth it for future iPad and Mac M3 chips.
TCT It also gives some context regarding Intel’s competition:
Although Intel intends to compete for business opportunities in the foundry market, after its own processor adopts the chip design for microchips, the integrated graphics chip or computing chip will be mass-produced using the 3 nm TSMC process in the second half of next year. , Intel GPU, Programmable Logic Gate Array (FPGA), etc. will also use TSMC 3nm chips next year and the year after.
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