In the fall of 2020, Apple plans to debug the full-scale industrial release of its A14 processors, which finally fully use the latest 5-nanometer technology (TSMC).
As part of the annual technology conference, the main details of both 5-and 3-nanometer processors were presented.
Based on the fact that Apple processors are manufactured only by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), which is paid very good money by Apple to ensure that their latest products (iPhone and iPad, with the addition of iMac in the near future) use only the most modern technologies developed by TSMC.
At the annual technology conference TSMC Technology Symposium, the announcement of production process optimization was presented, which is already beginning to draw a General idea of what can be expected from the new Apple processors.
In any case, the main criterion for the performance of new Apple processors will be their architecture. At the same time, a very large role in this case is assigned, among other things, to production processes, which help to get an idea of how complex, large and productive such processor chips can be, what their power consumption level is at the specified clock frequency parameters, and how fast they can work over a long period of time.
In the context of announcements presented on the site Anandtech.com it is already possible to get a rough idea of the chips expected from TSMC for Apple: in terms of 5-nanometer extensions, the processor for Apple A12 was made using 7-nanometer technology, and in the production of A13 processors for iPhone 11, an expanded upgraded version of the second generation is used.
We expect Apple to debug the full-scale release of A14 processors made using 5-nanometer technology in the fall of this year.
It is also expected to release iMac computers with their own chips, also based on 5-nanometer TSMC technology.
What is the difference between processors based on 5 nanometer technology from TSMC? The developer claims that the latest technological process will make it possible to place 80% more logic circuits on the same substrate area, as well as reduce power consumption by 30% at the same clock frequency and increase performance by 15%.
Most likely, given the specified parameters increase even these optimistic data by 5-15% within development release 2021 module N5P, you can expect at least increase performance by 5% while reducing energy consumption by 10-15%.
However, the real increase in transistor density, we do not see – that is, to increase one jump substantial productivity gains in the fall of 2021 will have to increase the area of the chip, which will increase the cost of products.
Prospects for the development of a 3-nanometer technology processors at this time, presented the possibility of increasing transistor density by 70%, which will give a real performance increase by about 70% and the growth speed by 10-15% reduced energy consumption by 25-30%…
So Apple, as always, goes its own way, investing in technology and the future.