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Apple and Intel likely to be the first to adopt 3nm chip technology

By Cookie Monster - on 3 Jul 2021, 4:01am

Apple and Intel likely to be the first to adopt 3nm chip technology

The Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021).

Apple and Intel may be the first companies to use 3nm chips next year according to Nikkei Asia.

Several sources briefed on the matter told Nikkei Asia that Apple and Intel are currently testing their chip designs with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC)'s 3nm production technology. Commercial output of the 3nm chips is expected to begin in the second half of 2022. Compared to 5nm chips, 3nm chips will boost performance by up to 15% with better power efficiency between 25% to 30%. 

The sources claim that the Apple iPads are likely to be the first consumer devices to be powered by the 3nm chips. Intel has at least two 3nm projects with TSMC for notebooks and data center servers. Intel's chip orders are only expected to commence by the end of 2022 at the earliest. 

The debut of a 3nm chip in the iPad linup is likely to coincide with the rumoured design revamp of the iPad Pro in 2022. Bloomberg reported last month that the iPad Pro could come with a glass back and support wireless charging. There are also reports of Apple releasing an OLED iPad model next year.

Source: Nikkei Asia

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