Apple already booking 3nm capacity at TSMC

Posted on Thursday, Dec 24 2020 @ 11:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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It's not really big news but Apple has reportedly already secured large chunks of 3nm capacity at TSMC. The Cupertino-based firm has been cooperating with TSMC on smaller nodes, which has helped the latter to push forward faster. These days, Apple is one of TSMC's biggest clients for advanced nodes. It's estimated that Apple has secured 80 percent of TSMC's 5nm capacity for 2021, leaving little for other firms.

WCCF Tech reports Apple has also placed large orders for 3nm iPhone, Mac and iPad chips for the 2022 timeframe.
So far, TSMC’s trial production is going according to plan, with around 600,000 processors expected to be produced annually, making it 50,000 per month. Mass production could start in 2022, but there remains one small problem. With the amount of investment TSMC has made to produce 3nm chips for various clients, including Apple, UDN mentions that the company will need to sell a minimum of 300 million processors to make a profit.

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