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According to DigiTimes, TSMC is unlikely to generate significant revenue from 3nm chip production until at least the first quarter of 2023. The information is in line with a report last week in Taiwan’s Business Times that TSMC will start producing 3nm chips for Apple by the end of 2022. Apple’s first 3nm chip could be the M2 Pro chip for Macs, the report said, adding that the A17 Bionic chip in next year’s iPhone 15 Pro models will also use the 3nm process.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman expects the M2 Pro chip to be used in the next 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as in the new high-end Mac mini, replacing current Intel-based configurations. Gurman believes that Apple plans to announce multiple new Macs at its October event, but it’s not entirely clear whether that will include new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models, or whether Apple will wait until 2023 to announce its first batches of 3nm. Chip Mac.
The entire M1 family of chips and the standard M2 chips are built on variants of TSMC’s 5nm process. Apple’s transition to 3nm chips will unsurprisingly improve performance and power efficiency in upcoming Macs and iPhones, as Apple seeks to maintain its performance-per-watt lead over rivals such as Intel.