TSMC To Manufacture Apple A11 Chip For iPhone 7s And iPhone 8 From April
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin mass production of the A11 chip in the month of April, according to reports. The A11 chip is expected to beat at the heart of not just the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus but also the super-duper OLED iPhone 8 which everyone now expects to be the device with which Apple celebrates the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone.
According to a new report by the Economic Daily News and dug up by DigiTimes, the new A11 chip will feature a 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process and will be packed with a “wafer-level integrated fan-out” technology. The current A10 chip is built on a 16nm FinFET process. Experts expect the jump to the 10nm process to provide the power and heat savings required in order to offer a faster, smoother and all around better smartphone experience.
With 50 million units expected to be ready before July, 100 million are anticipated to be produced within 2017.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will begin volume production of Apple’s A11 chips in April and will prepare a capacity for production of 50 million units of the chip before July, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
The A11 chips, which will power the upcoming iPhone series slated for launch in September 2017, will be built on a 10 nm FinFET process and packed with a wafer-level integrated fan-out (InFO) packaging technology, said the report.
TSMC is the only provider being used by Apple in order to build the new A11 chip, and the same company successfully made all A10 chips used in the current family of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple’s reliance on TSMC has allowed the company to announce revenue growth towards the end of 2016, and having kept the supply of A10 chip flowing, Apple trust in the company appears to be well placed.
While the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will undoubtedly benefit from an increased battery life amongst other indicators, the iPhone 8 has been touted to pack a new L-shaped battery which would offer an increased capacity over the iPhone 7s and possibly the iPhone 7s Plus. The 10nm chip would only add further magic to what could be Apple’s $1000 iPhone.