TSMC to release 2nm processors in 2023
Earlier this month, Apple unveiled the fourth-generation iPad Air tablet, the first officially unveiled consumer device with a 5-nm chipset inside. The Apple A14 Bionic will also be used in the Apple iPhone 12 series, which is rumored to be unveiled on October 13.
The currently used A13 Bionic is manufactured using a 7-nm process. The smaller the process, the greater the number of transistors, which makes the chipset more powerful and energy efficient. For example, the A13 Bionic contains 8.5 billion transistors, compared to the 11.8 billion that Apple says are inside the A14 Bionic.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) - the company that makes chips for Apple, Huawei, Qualcomm, Mediatek and others, will move its 3-nm process to mass production next year.
Further TSMC, and Samsung, the two largest independent chip makers, have plans to develop to a 2nm process technology. According to industry sources, TSMC's 2nm process is ahead of schedule in terms of development. Reportedly, this process technology will enter mass production in 2023. When compared with previous technical processes, 2nm processors can offer 2 times more transistors than existing ones on the market. Thanks to this, smartphones in 2023 will be slightly inferior in power to laptops. Will this progress stop in the near future and will the number of processors reach its limit?