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TSMC's Arizona Plant Will Manufacture 4nm Chips Starting in 2024 at Apple's Request

Wednesday November 30, 2022 9:50 pm PST by
TSMC's $12 billion chip plant currently under construction in Arizona will begin producing 4-nanometer chips as soon as it opens in 2024 thanks to urging from Apple and other companies, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The plant had originally been planned to start with production of 5-nanometer chips, but with Apple and other companies increasingly looking to source components from the ...
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Apple Supplier TSMC to Produce 3nm Chips at Arizona Plant

Monday November 21, 2022 4:14 am PST by
Apple chip supplier TSMC has plans in place to mass produce next-generation 3-nanometer chips at its $12 billion Arizona facility, according to the Taiwanese company's founder. Speaking to reporters on Monday in Taipei, Morris Chang said the 3-nanometre plant would be located at the same Arizona site as the 5-nanometre plant. "Three-nanometre, TSMC right now has a plan, but it has not been...
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Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Plans to Build Second $12 Billion Arizona Factory

Wednesday November 9, 2022 1:46 am PST by
Apple chip supplier TSMC plans to build another fabrication plant in Arizona alongside the $12 billion factory it has already committed to in Phoenix, reports The Wall Street Journal. TSMC's topping-out ceremony for its first plant in Arizona The second plant will be located north of Phoenix and investment is expected to be roughly similar to the $12 billion the company committed to in 2020,...
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Apple Urges Suppliers to Address Environmental Impact Ahead of 2030 Carbon Neutral Goal

Tuesday October 25, 2022 4:27 am PDT by
Apple today called on its suppliers to take new steps to decarbonize and address their greenhouse gas emissions. In a press release, Apple said that it will evaluate the work of its manufacturing partners on a regular basis to encourage them to decarbonize their Apple-related operations and use 100 percent renewable energy, tracking and auditing progress annually. It added that Apple will...
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Apple Reportedly Agrees to TSMC Chip Price Hike After Refusing Last Week

Wednesday October 5, 2022 2:12 am PDT by
After refusing a price hike last week from its primary chip supplier, TSMC, Apple has apparently reversed course and accepted the increase in prices set to be applied next year, according to the latest report from Economic Daily News. From January 1, 2023, TSMC plans to raise the price of 8-inch chip wafers by 6 percent, while 12-inch wafers are set to increase by 3 to 5 percent. Economic...
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Apple Reportedly Refuses to Accept TSMC Chip Price Hike

Wednesday September 28, 2022 7:29 am PDT by
Apple has reportedly refused to accept a price increase from its sole chip supplier, TSMC, according to Economic Daily News. The report claims that Apple, the largest customer of TSMC, has rejected the supplier's plans to increase chip prices next year. TSMC has been planning to increase its prices by six to nine percent, depending on the fabrication process. TSMC's chips were already...
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Apple's First 3nm Chips for MacBook Pro Expected to Enter Production This Year

Monday August 22, 2022 8:42 am PDT by
Another report today claims that TSMC plans to begin volume production of 3nm chips later this year for use in upcoming MacBook models and other products. "Backend firms are upbeat about demand for the upcoming MacBook chips, which will be built using TSMC's 3nm process technology, with production set to kick off later this year, according to industry sources," reads a paywalled preview of a ...
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Apple Chip Supplier Hit by Intel Delay Ahead of 'A17 Bionic' Production in 2023

Thursday August 4, 2022 6:37 am PDT by
Apple chip supplier TSMC is scaling back its plans to produce 3nm chips next year after Intel postponed a major order, Taiwanese research firm TrendForce reports. Intel reportedly planned to outsource production of its Meteor Lake tGPU chipset to TSMC, with mass production scheduled for the second half of 2022, before being delayed to the first half of 2023 due to design and verification...
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Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Celebrates Arizona Factory Nearing Completion

Friday July 29, 2022 4:18 am PDT by
Apple chip supplier TSMC recently hosted a topping-out ceremony for its new fabrication plant in Phoenix, Arizona, DigiTimes reports. TSMC's topping-out ceremony in Arizona The $12 billion factory will be the first of its kind to mass-produce 5nm chips in the United States. All of Apple's latest chips, dating back to the A14 Bionic and M1 chip, are fabricated with a 5nm process. In a post on...
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Apple Silicon Supply Chain Faces Further Price Hikes

Tuesday July 5, 2022 7:44 am PDT by
Apple is likely to face further increased chip prices as supplier TSMC contends with additional increased costs, Bloomberg reports. Japanese chemicals firm Showa Denko K.K. supplies vital chip fabrication materials to TSMC and is now being forced to drastically increase prices on the back of the global chip shortage. Other component makers and material suppliers are making similar moves in...
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Apple Silicon Likely to Benefit as TSMC Aims to Launch 2nm Chips by 2025

Friday June 17, 2022 5:36 am PDT by
Apple chip supplier TSMC will begin production of advanced 2nm chips by 2025, in what is likely to contribute to a key future iteration of Apple silicon, Nikkei Asia reports. TSMC made the announcement at an industry event on Thursday, explaining that its 2nm technology will be based on "nanosheet transistor architecture." Nanosheet architecture is a totally different chip technology from...
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iPhone 14 Pro and Redesigned MacBook Air Reportedly Stuck Using Technology Behind A15 Chip

Sunday May 29, 2022 12:57 pm PDT by
The iPhone 14 Pro's "A16" chip may be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13's A15 Bionic and there are growing questions around the nature of the "M2" chip, according to reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Earlier this week, the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro" postulated that the A16 chip for the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models will be manufactured with the same process as the ‌iPhone 13‌'s A15...
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Alleged Apple Chip Plans Suggest 'A16' Will Stick With 5nm, 'M2' to Make Jump to 3nm Instead

Friday May 27, 2022 7:54 am PDT by
The "A16" chip for the iPhone will reportedly be manufactured with the same process as the iPhone 13's A15 Bionic, with Apple saving a bigger performance leap for the "M2" chip designed for its next-generation Macs. Meanwhile, the company is working on a "final" M1 chip variant that uses more powerful cores from the A15, according to the leaker known as "ShrimpApplePro." In a thread on...
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Apple Chip Supplier TSMC Looking to Build Plant in Singapore to Tackle Shortages

Thursday May 19, 2022 5:51 am PDT by
Apple chip supplier TSMC is exploring the potential of building a new factory in Singapore to help address the global chip shortage, the Wall Street Journal reports. TSMC is Apple's sole chip supplier and is responsible for fabricating all of the company's custom silicon chips, such as the A15 Bionic and the M1. While Apple's chip orders have been prioritized over many other companies,...
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Intel Looking to Mirror M1's Manufacturing Process for 'Meteor Lake' CPUs

Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:59 am PDT by
Intel is considering manufacturing its 14th Gen Core "Meteor Lake" CPUs at least partly using TSMC's 5nm process to mirror Apple's M1 series of chips, DigiTimes reports. Announced last year, Intel's Meteor Lake chips will be its first multi-chiplet design to integrate an application processor, graphics processing unit, and connection chips into a single Intel Foveros advanced package....
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TSMC's Chip Revenue From Apple Predicted to Grow Nearly 25% in 2022 as Apple Silicon Transition Nears Completion

Monday April 25, 2022 5:18 am PDT by
Chip supplier TSMC's Apple business is predicted to grow almost 25 percent this year as the transition to Apple silicon nears completion and the two companies grow closer ties, DigiTimes reports. Apple is said to be expecting shipments of chips for new iPhones and other devices from TSMC in the first half of June, according to sources speaking to DigiTimes. In addition to year-on-year growth ...
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Apple Chip Supplier Preparing to Begin Production of 2nm Chips as Early as 2025

Friday April 22, 2022 4:43 am PDT by
Apple could adopt the 2nm process for its iPhone and Mac chips as early as 2025 as the company's main chip supplier, TSMC, has set in motion a plan to produce that process in the early parts of that year, DigiTimes reports. All of Apple's latest chips feature the 5nm process, including the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 series and the entire M1 Apple silicon line. According to a new DigiTimes...
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TSMC on Track to Start 3nm Chip Production in Second Half of This Year

Friday April 15, 2022 5:14 am PDT by
Apple chipmaking partner TSMC says it will be ready to move its 3nm chip process to volume production in the second half of this year, putting it on track to supply Apple with the next-generation technology in 2023 (via DigiTimes). "We expect the ramp of N3 to be driven by both HPC [high performance computing] and smartphone applications," said Wei during an April 14 earnings conference call....
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Samsung and Oppo Seek to Rival iPhone A-Series Chips With Custom Designs and TSMC Fabrication

Thursday April 7, 2022 6:56 am PDT by
Samsung and Oppo are planning to transition to custom silicon chips to rival Apple's A-series chips in the iPhone, according to recent reports. Earlier this year, Chinese smartphone brand Oppo launched its first custom silicon chip, the MariSilicon X image processor, in the Find X5. Now, the company's chip design team is developing an application processor (AP) and an entire custom System on ...
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Demand for Smartphones is Slowing, Says Apple Supplier TSMC

Wednesday March 30, 2022 3:36 pm PDT by
Demand for consumer electronics like smartphones and PCs is slowing due to continued geopolitical uncertainties and new COVID-related lockdowns in China, according to TSMC Chairman Mark Liu. TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, is one of Apple's main suppliers, responsible for the A-series and M-series chips that go in Apple devices. Liu's comments were delivered at the...