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TSMC starts mass production of processors for upcoming iPhones

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), an Apple chip manufacturer, has started mass production of its next-gen 7nm processors for the Apple iPhones launching later this year, according to Bloomberg sources.

The processor will likely be called the A12 chip and will have a smaller and more efficient performance than the 10nm chips in current iPhones. Apple’s current smartphone line-up uses the A11 SoC, which uses a 10nm manufacturing process. The A12 is expected to use a 7nm process.

What difference does a few nanometers make when etching features onto a chip wafer? The smaller a process is, the production costs are lower per SoC and the chips can run faster while not getting hotter. 

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.