Apple chip supplier says Moore’s law still holds true

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The A14 won‘t be out until 2020, but TSMC explains why it’ll be plenty fast.
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Gordon Moore famously predicted back in 1965 that the number of transistors in a chip would double every 2 years. This held true for decades but there’s pessimism if it can continue.

TSMC, the company that’s produced every iPhone and iPad chip for years, disagrees. It’s loaded with optimism about the future of processor design.

TSMC preps to make super-speedy CPUs for 2020 iPhone

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Expect great things from the Apple A14 processor.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will begin volume production of 5nm chips in the first half of 2020, according to the company’s chief financial officer.

The Taiwanese foundry manufactures all Apple’s processors. TSMC’s move to 5nm comes right on time to employ this cutting-edge process in the A14 CPUs for next year’s iPhone and iPad models.

Wall Street worries put the hurting on Apple’s suppliers too

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A whole lot of companies rely on Apple.
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It’s not just Apple which relies on, well, Apple to make money. There’s a whole ecosystem of other companies orbiting the giant Cupertino sun, too. And they’re all affected by whatever news raises or lowers Apple’s share price.

That’s what took place this week when Wall Street’s latest wobble about Apple sent out shockwaves through the supply chain. As a result, a whole lot of companies which do business with Apple suffered their own sympathy stock declines.

2020 iPhone should get a boost from TSMC’s cutting-edge 5nm processors

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The Apple A12 Bionic processor is powerful but the the A13 is coming soon and the A14 is already on the horizon.
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The company that makes all Apple’s chips is nearly ready to make 5 nanometer processors, down from the 7nm ones it’s manufacturing now. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s innovation reportedly will bring notable performance gains to next year’s iPhone and iPad.

The 2021 models should get a boost as well. And it’s even possible these chips will appear in future Macs.

Samsung wants to make iPhone, iPad and Mac processors

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Samsung wants to make iPhone processors again. And maybe even Mac ones, too.
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Samsung is investing billions in its chip business to better compete with Intel, Qualcomm and TSMC. The Korean company wants to make CPUs for a broad array of computers. This raises the odds that Samsung could begin making iPhone and iPad processors again.

And maybe even future Mac desktops and MacBooks could be powered by Samsung chips.

A13 chips for 2019 iPhone move toward mass-production

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iPhone 11 could look very different on the inside.
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Apple chip-maker TSMC is almost ready to start mass-producing next-generation A13 chips for this year’s new iPhone lineup.

The A13 will employ an “enhanced version” of TSMC’s N7+ fabrication process, according to a new report. It is likely to be Apple’s last 7-nanometer chip following the launch of TSMC’s new 5nm foundry at the Southern Taiwan Science Park.

Apple can start designing its 5nm A-series chips

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Apple's A12 Bionic chip was great. Next year's chip will be, err, greater.
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If you thought the 7-nanometer iPhone’s A12 Bionic chip was impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet! Apple supplier TSMC has reportedly reached a major milestone with the development of its 5-nanometer chips.

As per a previous report, Apple plans to use the next-gen chips for its 2020 iPhones. These could potentially debut with Apple’s first 5G handset.

Apple chip supplier will be maxed out by 2019 iPhone orders

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Apple will require a lot of chips for this year's iPhone refresh.
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Apple’s primary chip supplier will see production capacity pushed to the limit by 2019 iPhone orders, according to a new report.

TSMC has been tasked with supplying next-generation 7-nanometer chips for this fall’s refresh. It is expected to start mass-production of what will likely be the A13 during the third quarter.

Apple’s 2020 iPhone chip will blow away the A12 Bionic

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Apple's A12 Bionic is the gold standard. Right now, at least.
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Apple pushed boundaries with last year’s iPhone’s A12 Bionic chip. However, it seems that the company’s 2020-era iPhones is going to blow away Apple’s previous 7-nanometer A12 — with what could turn out to be the mobile world’s first 5-nanometer chip.

If true, this would be another massive leap in miniaturization. And another feather in the cap of manufacturer TSMC.

TSMC is working on sequel to Apple’s celebrated A12 Bionic chip

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TSMC is getting ready to start A13 chip production.
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the exclusive iPhone chip supplier for the 2019 era iPhones, a new report confirms. TSMC has been making Apple’s A-series mobile chips since 2016, making it no surprise that the company would be offered the contract for yet another year.