TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, has begun mass production of its anticipated 3nm chip that will power future Apple products.
Mark Liu, chairman of TSMC, said demand for the upcoming chip is “very strong” and the company will produce them at its factory in southern Taiwan. It is believed that the 3nm chips will provide better performance compared to current 5nm chips and consume up to 35% less power.
Apple is said to start using the 3nm chip next year, with rumors that the iPhone 15 Pro will have the chip in its A17 processor. The 3nm chip may eventually end up in other Apple products as well.
The Taiwan-based chipmaker will eventually move 3nm chip production to the US, which is currently under construction. Production at the US plant is expected to begin in 2024. The 2nm chip technology is already in the works and will be produced in Taiwan.