Apple Reportedly Developing Its Own Custom Silicon for AI Servers

Apple is said to be developing its own AI server processor using TSMC's 3nm process, targeting mass production by the second half of 2025.

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According to a post by the Weibo user known as "Phone Chip Expert," Apple has ambitious plans to design its own artificial intelligence server processor. The user, who claims to have 25 years of experience in the integrated circuit industry, including work on Intel's Pentium processors, suggests this processor will be manufactured using TSMC's ‌3nm‌ node.

TSMC is a vital partner for Apple, manufacturing all of its custom silicon chips. The chipmaker's ‌3nm‌ technology is one of the most advanced semiconductor processes available, offering significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency over the previous 5nm and 7nm nodes.

Apple's purported move toward developing a specialist AI server processor is reflective of the company's ongoing strategy to vertically integrate its supply chain. By designing its own server chips, Apple can tailor hardware specifically to its software needs, potentially leading to more powerful and efficient technologies.

Apple could use its own AI processors to enhance the performance of its data centers and future AI tools that rely on the cloud. While Apple is rumored to be prioritizing on-device processing for many of its upcoming AI tools, it is inevitable that some operations will have to occur in the cloud. By the time the custom processor could be integrated into operational servers in late 2025, Apple's new AI strategy should be well underway.

The Weibo user has a number of accurate previous claims, including that the iPhone 7 would be water-resistant and that the standard iPhone 14 models would continue using the A15 Bionic chip, with the more advanced A16 chip being exclusive to the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro models. These predictions were later corroborated by multiple credible sources and proved correct upon the products' release.

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enb141 Avatar
5 weeks ago
Nice, a server with 8/256 configuration for AI :D
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PeterKeller Avatar
5 weeks ago
This makes SO MUCH sense. The biggest long term cost of server farms is power and cooling. And with Apple's chip technology, they have an advantage here. Margins on these things must be excellent and a new line of Apple Servers with custom chips could be a big growth area - something that Tim Cook needs for the stock to continue to grow. Also, NVidia is the only game in town at the moment, so it's not like it's a crowded field.

This is a much better idea than a Car or even VR Goggles, IMHO. (Although they should be throwing a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks)
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
guzhogi Avatar
5 weeks ago

Xserve AI
Just about to say how much I miss the Xserve. I know it didn't sell well, and I'm sure servers don't have that high a margin. It would be cool to have a Mac server again, though. With the size of the motherboard, I wonder if Apple could do blade servers or something?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
5 weeks ago
Xserve AI
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayryco Avatar
5 weeks ago
I asked this question about Apple developing their own server tech two months ago on these forums and few thought it makes sense for Apple when it actually makes so much sense when looking at it on a macro level and the vertical integration as well as ecosystem optimisation.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/nvidia-vs-apple-ai-wars.2419518/?post=32977724#post-32977724
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wanha Avatar
5 weeks ago
I smell massive GPU and RAM improvements coming to AS
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)