TSMC To Start Producing iPhone 12’s 5nm A14 Chip In Q2, 2020
Just as had been expected, it appears TSMC will again be the company to produce Apple‘s A-series chips for this year’s rounds of iPhones. This time it will be the A14 processors, with DigiTimes reporting that the chips will be the first to use TSMC’s new 5nm process.
TSMC has been working on its 5nm process for some time and used a 7nm process in Apple’s A12 and A13 processors from the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 lineups. By using a smaller process, the chips are likely to be able to run at higher speeds and at lower temperatures than those that came before. Those are both important factors for a chip that lives inside a phone.
The same DigiTimes report has TSMC getting ready to start production of the A14 chips as soon as the second quarter of 2020, which ties in with the expected announcement and release of Apple’s 2020 iPhones this coming September. That would presumably give both companies enough time to get all of their ducks in a row so as to be able to meet the huge demand that comes with every new iPhone launch.
Quite what that iPhone launch will look like isn’t quite clear as yet, but multiple rumors suggest we could see multiple new iPhones arrive including at least one iPhone SE replacement.
We expect to learn more as the leaks continue in the coming weeks and months.