Apple Likely Already Designing Chips Based on TSMC's 2nm Process

Apple is already designing the chips that will use TSMC's next-generation 2-nanometer fabrication process, according to information allegedly sourced from an Apple employee on LinkedIn.

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Originally captured by Korean website gamma0burst and shared on X (Twitter) by the leaker Revegnus (@Tech_Reve), the information appears in a heavily redacted slide said to list the employee's work on past and current projects at Apple.

A non-redacted part of the slide reads "TS5nm, TS3nm, working on TS2nm," terms believed to reference the different fabrication processes Apple has chosen for past, current, and future chips. Terms like "3nm" and "2nm" refer to the specific architecture and design rules TSMC is using for a family of chips. Decreases in node size correspond to a smaller transistor size, so more transistors can fit on a processor, leading to boosts in speed and more efficient power consumption.

Rumors suggest that TSMC is already starting work on more advanced 1.4-nanometer chips, which are expected to come out as soon as 2027. Apple is said to be looking to reserve TSMC's initial manufacturing capabilities for both 1.4nm and 1nm technologies. To get a sense of the nanometer scale, a strand of human hair is about 80,000 to 100,000nm wide.

Last year, Apple adopted 3nm chips for its iPhones and Macs, an upgrade over the prior 5nm mode. The switch to 3nm technology brought 20 percent faster GPU speeds, 10 percent faster CPU speed, and a 2x faster Neural Engine to the iPhone, and similar improvements on Macs.

Apple is believed to be the first company that will receive chips built on TSMC's future 2nm process, which is expected to go into production in the second half of 2025. The 2nm fabrication process, also known simply as "N2," is expected to offer a 10 to 15 percent speed improvement at the same power or a 25 to 30 percent power reduction at the same speed compared to chips made with the supplier's ‌3nm‌ technology.

TSMC is building two new facilities to accommodate 2nm chip production, and is waiting on approval for a third. The Taiwanese fab giant is spending billions on the change, and Apple will also need to make chip design changes to accommodate the new technology. Apple is TSMC's main client, and it is typically the first to get TSMC's new chips. Apple acquired all of TSMC's 3-nanometer chips in 2023 for iPhones, iPads, and Macs, for example.

Tags: TSMC, Revegnus, 2nm

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Top Rated Comments

aaadktda Avatar
16 weeks ago
These chips will be amazing paired with 8GB of ram and 256GB of storage.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T'hain Esh Kelch Avatar
16 weeks ago
That is about as surprising as us getting another iPhone around September.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
16 weeks ago

To get a sense of the nanometer scale, a strand of human hair is about 80,000 to 100,000nm wide.
This is misleading. The process node designations are marketing terms and have little relation to the actual structure sizes, which are at least an order of magnitude larger. In addition, the decrease in actual structure size between process nodes is much less significant than the marketing names would suggest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_nm_process
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
klasma Avatar
16 weeks ago

These chips will be amazing paired with 8GB of ram and 256GB of storage.
You also have to consider that 2 nm on Macs is equivalent to 1 nm on PCs.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Blackstick Avatar
16 weeks ago
Wow it’s almost like they’ll continue to refine and innovate their processors. I never would have assumed it ?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Skyscraperfan Avatar
16 weeks ago
I still do not like that 4nm, 3nm, 2nm naming, because nothing about those chips really has that measurements. Those names are completely fake. They only indicate a relative comparison. So of course a 2nm chip is denser than a 3nm chip.

It reminds me of the "1 inch sensors" of some cameras. Not even the diagonal of those sensor is one inch long. So that number is intentionally misleading and that should be illegal even if every company does it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)