Sina Technology News, Beijing time on April 9 morning news, according to the US technology blog 9to5mac reported that TSMC is expected to produce 5 nanometer A series chips for Apple's 2020 iPhone.
9to5mac reported earlier as early as last year that TSMC is preparing for this goal. According to Taiwanese media Digitimes reported on Monday, the company has reached a major milestone on this road.
Digitimes reported that TSMC has now completed its design infrastructure, enabling customers such as Apple to begin using the 5 nanometer process for chip design. TSMC has previously announced the delivery of a full version of its 5nm design infrastructure within the Open Innovation Platform (OIP), and this full release means that 5nm system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs can be used for the next generation. Advanced mobile and high-performance computing (HPC) applications that target the high-growth 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) markets.
TSMC said that leading EDA (Electronic Design Automation) and IP vendors have partnered with the company to develop and validate a complete design infrastructure, including technical documentation, process design kits (PDK), through a variety of silicon test tools. Tools, processes, IP, etc. The 5nm process chip will not only have a 1.8x higher logic density than the current generation of chips, but is also expected to increase speed and power efficiency.
“TMMC's 5nm technology provides customers with the industry's most advanced logic processing technology to meet the growth-growth computing power requirements. The driving force behind this growth is the development of AI and 5G technologies. ” Hou Yongqing, vice president of R&D and technology development at TSMC, said. “5 nanotechnology requires deeper design/technical synergy optimization, so we work seamlessly with ecosystem partners to ensure that silicon-proven IP modules and EDA tools are available for customers. ”
For a long time, TSMC has been the sole supplier of Apple's A-series chips, because the company continues to shrink the chip size, leaving Samsung behind in this field. According to reports, TSMC's current goal is to start production of chips using 3 nanometer process in 2022.
Samsung still has a monopoly in the display field of the iPhone X series, but this situation is unlikely to be maintained for a long time. Competitors such as LG Display and Japan Display are vying for Apple's business, and TSMC is expanding its lead in microLED technology. (Tang Feng)