Intel Reportedly Keen To Tie TSMC Down To 3nm Chip Manufacturing Amid Apple Plans
Amid reports yesterday that Apple chip supplier TSMC is already working on 3nm chips for future Macs, a new report by DigiTimes claims that Intel is working to improve its relationship with the company to ensure that Apple’s business doesn’t impact its own.
Intel appears to want TSMC to build its own 3nm chips and is hoping to build a relationship with the chipmaker that will ensure that its supply isn’t impacted by Apple’s requirements.
High-level executives of Intel will pay a visit to Taiwan in mid-December and meet TSMC to discuss the US vendor’s demanded 3nm chip capacity, according to industry sources.
Apple and TSMC already have a good relationship with the Taiwanese outfit responsible for building the chips that power iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and more.
By moving the manufacturing process to a 3nm one, future TSMC chips could be more power efficient and produce less heat, something Intel also wants for its own products. The company is reportedly concerned that Apple’s requirements could see TSMC prioritize it, however.
Intel reportedly wants to use TSMC’s 3nm process for its upcoming Meteor Lake chips, a move that is required because Intel can’t currently build its own chips using a competing process.