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TSMC on track to produce 5nm A-Series chips for 2020 iPhones

By Cookie Monster - on 9 Apr 2019, 5:00am

TSMC on track to produce 5nm A-Series chips for 2020 iPhones

More than two years after announcing plans to build a US$15.7 billion foundry for 5nm and 3nm process nodes, TSMC announced the delivery of the complete version of its 5nm design infrastructure within the Open Innovation Platform (OIP).

DigiTimes claims that the full release allows TSMC clients such as Apple to begin work on 5nm chip designs. The 5nm technology is expected to offer faster speeds and higher power efficiency. 

"TSMC's 5-nanometer technology offers our customers the industry's most advanced logic process to address the exponentially growing demand for computing power driven by AI and 5G," said Cliff Hou, VP of R&D and technology development at TSMC. "5-nanometer technology requires deeper design-technology co-optimization. Therefore, we collaborate seamlessly with our ecosystem partners to ensure we deliver silicon-validated IP blocks and EDA tools ready for customer use. As always, we are committed to helping customers achieve first-time silicon success and faster time-to-market."

TSMC is reportedly the exclusive manufacturer of the A13 chipsets for the iPhone models this year. In June last year, TSMC also revealed that it would invest $25 billion in 5nm technology.

Source: DigiTimes