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TSMC Begins Mass Production of new SoCs for Huawei and Apple built on 7nm+ process: Report



One of the world’s leading chipset maker TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor manufacturing company) has begun the mass production of its new iteration of 7nm+ process chipset for this year flagship models. The Taiwanese company has reportedly started the manufacturing of Huawei’s Kirin 985 and Apple’s A13 Bionic chipsets built on 7nm+ process. As stated, this is the second generation of the chipsets manufactured on 7nm+ process; wherein the predecessor has been utilized in earlier Kirin and Apple’s ‘A’ category chipsets.

The report also suggests that this new 7nm+ chipset is likely to built using EUV lithography technology, which was earlier utilized by Samsung for its 7nm LPP based chipsets since last year. It is also believed that Huawei’s Kirin 985 SoC will supposedly be the first 7nm+ EUV based chipset and is also expected to be used in the company’s upcoming Mate 30 series. TSMC has already stated its support will be towards Huawei regardless of its ban and restrictions opposed by the US.

The report further has revealed that this new 7nm+ EUV process will certainly increase the capacity of the company’s already existing 7nm process, which was utilized in the earlier chipset models of last year. It further indicates the total capacity of these 7nm process chipsets produced this year would be around 1 million out of 12 million chips produced all over the year, which also translates to an increase of 150% compared to last year.

The upcoming trio of iPhones, whose launch is imminent in September this year is said to be featuring Apple’s A13 Bionic that is built using the respective TSMC 7nm+ chipset. While the 7nm process is being adapted from the past one year and continued to this year as well, the report had further revealed plans of upcoming chipsets built on the 5nm process by the TSMC.

The future chipsets make by the company on the 5nm process are said to be utilizing the EUV technology fully and has reportedly begun the prototype development as well. Also, the mass production of these chipsets is likely to be started in the first quarter of next year. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.



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