Apple in talks with TSMC to secure 2nm orders to power upcoming chipsets and AI

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The Cupertino-based giant could strike the gong being the first to introduce 2nm chips on its devices this year as well. This comes after a report published on Economic Daily News highlighted a reportedly secret meeting between Apple’s COO Jeff Williams and TSMC’s Co-CEO C.C. Wei to secure orders for 2nm chips. Apple is reportedly securing a 2nm process node across A-series, M-series, and AI-powered chips for data centers to channel cloud-based AI tasks on upcoming devices.

Apple is the largest customer of Taiwan’s chip manufacturer TSMC which gives it the privilege to get exclusive and special deals. Apple is securing orders for 2nm chips to power it’s fleet of upcoming iPhones and soon, we could see the process across iPads and other Apple devices.

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Last year, iPhone 15 Pro models were the only ones to get an A-series chip made on a 3nm process node. The A17 Pro chips were made on TSMC’s N3B node powering both iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Soon, these chips will power iPhone 16 and 16 Plus, if everything goes as planned. Apple reserved TSMC’s 3nm process giving it an edge over its rivals including the manufacturing of M4 chipsets that power the iPad Pro (2024).

The upcoming iPhone 18 series lineup will be powered by 3nm A18 and 2nm A18 Pro SoC. At present, only Apple and Samsung have a 3nm process while Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC (2023) was capped at 4nm. This year, we will see Qualcomm upgrade to a higher density of 3nm for Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC. It seems like none of the competitors will have a 2nm chip at least this year unless Samsung or MediaTek attempts to surprise us anyway.

Apple is also looking after AI-powered chips to propel performance in data centres to power cloud-based AI applications.

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