Today, on March 30, it became known that Apple has already reserved TSMC’s capacity to produce its own systems-on-a-chip using a 4-nm process technology. DigiTimes report it concerning sources close to the question.
It is expected that TSMC will prepare its own capacities in the fourth quarter of 2021 and will fully deploy them in 2022. This could mean that next year, Macs and iPhones will receive systems-on-a-chip built on 4-nm process technology. Such systems include central and graphics processing units, various coprocessors, and random access memory.
Thus, the new system-on-a-chip can get the future MacBook Air with a 15-inch display and the Mac Pro – the release of these two models is expected to take place next year.
In 2021, Apple will release the A15 system-on-a-chip, which, like the A14, will be built using a 5nm process technology. However, according to sources, it will be more energy-efficient than its predecessor.
The smaller the technical process, the less space the transistors take on the chip. This means that with a comparable area of the “stone,” more elements will fit on the system, which will lead to an increase in power and a decrease in the level of energy consumption.