What you need to know
- Apple A-series chipmaker TSMC published a blog post that argues chip innovation is still coming.
- It pointed towards the future of 5-nanometer chips.
- Apple currently uses a 7-nanometer chip, but it could introduce the first 5-nanometer chip in a couple of years.
Back in 1965, Intel CEO Gordon Moore related that given the advances in microchips, the power of the devices these chips were powering would double every two years thanks to better integrated transistors into circuits. TSMC, the maker of Apple's A-Series chips, still believes that is the case.
Here's his primary point:
The main backbone from TSMC's assertion in innovation is its connection to Apple's A-series chips, which continue to push the boundary of what computing chips can do. The N5 node he mentions uses 5-nanometer process. Currently, Apple's A12 Bionic chip is 7-nanometer, but reports say Apple is already working on a next-gen 5-nanometer chip. TSMC would have a front row to this and knows that chip innovation is coming.
The entire post is truly enlightening. Cheng goes into greater detail about a variety of other elements regarding chip innovation.
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