TSMC begin mass production of Apple nanometer A12 processor
Apple is expected to announce three new iPhones this year, and all of them will feature the new A12 SoC. The new A12 SoC is now in the mass production phase and expected to be on time for the new iPhones.
The A12 chipset is going to be made using TSMC’s 7nm process. The 7-nanometer design will allow the chip to become smaller, faster and more efficient than the 10nm FinFET chip called the A11 Bionic. 7nm process is expected to deliver at least a 20 percent performance improvements and about 40 percent improvement in power consumption.
The report cites people familiar with the matter, with both Apple and TSMC declining to comment.
The processor, likely to be called the A12 chip, will use a 7-nanometer design that can be smaller, faster and more efficient than the 10-nanometer chips in current Apple devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Apple and TSMC spokeswomen declined to comment.
Apple is likely to release three brand new iPhones during its September keynote. One is going to be the iPhone X successor and will sport the same 5.8-inch OLED panel, while a 6.5-inch (rumors are also stating that this model might get a 6.4-inch screen) iPhone X Plus will also be announced.