Apple Silicon M3 and A17 Bionic: new SoCs to arrive in 2023?
In 2020, the iPhone manufacturer launched its first Mac with Apple Silicon.
Since then, the company has slowly retired Intel processors across the Mac line and introduced versions with proprietary chipsets. According to new reports, Apple may be the first company in the world to adopt TSMC’s N3E, a 3-nm fabrication process. We could see the results as early as 2023, when it launches its new chipsets.
According to Nikkei, Apple may move away from the 5nm family (which includes 4nm technology) when it releases the A17 Bionic and M3 chips, made with the aforementioned 3nm manufacturing process, currently unseen on any
For those unfamiliar with this technology, the size mentioned in nanometers refers to the width between transistors on a chipset. So the smaller the number, the more energy efficient it becomes, and the more space it opens up to add more transistors. By squeezing more transistors into the same area, the company could produce more powerful devices without having to increase their size.
However, manufacturing costs would increase by about 40 percent compared to those of the 5nm and 4nm family.
“2023 could mark the second consecutive year in which Apple uses TSMC’s most advanced chip-making technology for only part of its iPhone lineup. In 2022, only the premium iPhone 14 Pro range adopted the’latest A16 core processor, produced by TSMC’s 4nm process technologies, the most advanced currently available. The standard iPhone 14 range uses the older A15, used in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models released in the second half of 2021”.