Apple reportedly seeking first batch of 2nm chips from TSMC

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Apple would be looking to secure the first batch of chip manufacturing in TSMC’s 2nm process. The company moved ahead of its main rivals in the smartphone industry with the launch of the Apple A17 Pro manufactured in 3nm. Now, it seems that they will seek to repeat the movement in the coming years.

According to Economic Daily News, Apple would have already had a secret meeting with the president of TSMC to secure the first manufacturing batch in 2nm. The meeting would have taken place between Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, and Wei Zhejia. president of TSMC. In addition to potential contracts for 2nm chip manufacturing, the discussion is said to have also involved AI chips.

Apple would get ahead of its rivals by launching a 2nm chipset

Currently, most flagship chipsets for phones are manufactured in 4nm wafers. Names like Apple, Mediatek, or Qualcomm sign agreements with external manufacturers, such as TSMC, to produce them in their factories. On the other hand, Samsung is a unique case that can also produce its own chipsets.

Samsung is working on readying its first flagship chipset for smartphones manufactured in 3nm. Qualcomm will also launch the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 as its first flagship SoC manufactured in 3nm. On the other hand, last year’s iPhone 15 Pro series brought the first smartphones powered by a 3nm chipset.

Now, everything indicates that Apple will once again get ahead of its rivals in this section. The more advanced the manufacturing process of a chipset, the greater the density of transistors it can include. This translates into improvements in raw power and energy efficiency. TSMC is among the highest-rated names in the SoC production industry due to the high efficiency of its wafers.

TSMC factories are among the best-valued in the industry

There are cases where the factory can be just as important as the manufacturing process. For example, until not long ago, Samsung’s 4nm Exynos chipsets presented problems of low energy efficiency, something that did not occur in the 4nm chipsets manufactured by TSMC. Fortunately, the South Korean giant seems to have resolved this recently. Its latest Exynos 2400 offers satisfactory results in both performance and energy efficiency.

So, the fact that Apple secured TSMC’s manufacturing process is good news. On the other hand, Samsung is expected to continue on the right path in terms of chip production. This move by Apple could lead to a delay in the launch of 2nm chips from Qualcomm and MediaTek.