TSMC has been shrinking the size of its own expires over the years as it continues to refine its process: the A10 Fusion is 16nm, the A11 Bionic is 10nm, and also the A12 Bionic is 7nm. A13 chips will be + that is 7nm, benefitting from the process simplification of EUV lithography.
Paving the way for a 5nm-sized A14 processor in 2020 iPhones, TSMC has declared the launch of its full 5nm chip design infrastructure.
TSMC’s packaging offerings are commonly considered to be superior to that of other chipmakers, including Samsung and Intel, so it’s not surprising that its exclusivity is poised to carry on with A13 processors in 2019 and A14 processors in 2020.
TSMC continues to be Apple’s exclusive provider of A-series chips since 2016, satisfying all orders for its A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the A11 Bionic chip at the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, along with the A12 Bionic chip in the most recent iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
The continued packaging progress coupled with Apple ‘s industry-leading cellular chip designs of TSMC is helpful for the functionality, battery life, and thermal management of iPhones. That will continue together with the 5nm process:
Compared with TSMC’s 7nm process, its revolutionary scaling features deliver 1.8X logic density and 15% rate gain in an ARM® Cortex®-A72 core, along with superior SRAM and analog area reduction empowered by the process structure. The 5nm process appreciates the advantages of process simplification and is making outstanding progress in yield learning, attaining the best technology adulthood at the same stage when compared with the previous nodes of TSMC.
TSMC’s 5nm procedure is currently in preliminary risk production and also the chipmaker plans to invest $25 billion in volume production by 2020.