Major chip maker TSMC looks set to start production of its 3nm chips later this year, which is good news for Apple's next-generation processors.
A new report from DigiTimes Asia says that the company is on track to manufacture 30 to 000 wafers using 35nm process technology. iPads are expected to be the first Apple product to feature the chips, according to Wccftech, although no specific model was mentioned.
Apple's M3 and A17 chips are expected to debut in 2023 for iPhone, iPad and Mac. These chips will offer better performance and longer battery life, and previous rumors indicate that the 3nm chips will feature four chips, which would allow up to 40 cores. The Apple M1 chip, on the other hand, has eight cores, while the M1 Pro and M1 Max have up to 10 cores.
Analysis: Is TSMC late?
This new report corroborates earlier rumors about TSMC's 3nm chip production schedule. However, there was some disturbing news earlier this year that suggested the tech giant might have trouble producing the chips.
The semiconductor production process is delicate and it is not uncommon to have faulty batches as a side effect. Although many of these faulty chips can be repurposed for less powerful versions, too many bugs could be disastrous.
TSMC ranks high in the semiconductor industry, especially due to semiconductor shortages, because it can provide a steady supply of chips to other companies. But if TSMC fails to get its 3nm process under control, it could hurt AMD, and Nvidia and others are expected to put their faith in 5nm technology.