Apple will be the first to use TSMC’s new 3nm chips for its M2 Pro processor, which is expected to be available with new Macs later this year. Previous reports suggested that the manufacturer would delay production of this technology, but it has now reiterated that the 3nm expansion will keep the original plan.
According to Taiwan’s commercial times (through MacRumors), TSMC is preparing 3nm chips for a number of companies. While Apple will be the first to adopt the 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 industry insiders to the publication.
External environmental variables such as the Russo-Ukrainian war and global inflation have led to weak 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 supply in the semiconductor production chain. Whether it can be effectively eliminated in the first half of next year remains to be seen, but based on historical experience, recessions usually cause semiconductor companies to accelerate the development of new chips.
The report suggests that Apple’s M2 Pro chip will be the first product with this 3nm technology and will be available in the second half of this year. After introducing the M2 chip to the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the redesigned MacBook Air early this year, the company is expected to unveil new variants of this processor with a new M2 Pro, M2 Max and even M2 Extreme variants.
Recent reports indicate that Apple will hold an event dedicated to Macs and iPads in October. On the Mac side, the company could unveil new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro options with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. A new Mac mini and Mac Pro can also have these new chips.
Interesting about this report is that Apple is moving from the 5nm technology with the A15 chip – and most likely the A16 too – to a 3nm A17 processor. The same would be worth it for the future iPad and Mac M3 chips.
TCT also gives some context regarding Intel competition:
Although Intel plans to compete for business opportunities in the foundry market, after its own processor adopts the chip design of small chips (chiplet), the built-in graphics chip or computer chip will be mass-produced in the second half using the 3nm TSMC process. from next year. , and Intel’s Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Programmable Logic Gate Array (FPGA), etc. will also use TSMC’s 3nm chips for the next year and the year after.
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