Apple is a company which is not alone when it comes to manufacturing and assembling its products. From the largest components to the smallest ones, such as processors. And in this case, it is the giant TSMC who is one of the most important partners for the Californian company. Thanks to its design, its manufacturing process and technological advances, today we already have three-nanometer processors in Macs and iPhones. Recently, from this medium we told you how they were going to take a giant step, with 2 nanometers. However, now we have an official roadmap that shows the evolution of these processors until 2036.
Why are nanometers in a processor? Explained very quickly and briefly, the fewer nanometers, the more power in exchange for less energy delivery. Therefore, energy efficiency is significantly improved while maintaining power. This is currently materialized with the Apple M3 Max processors, which in certain situations already reach the performance of the M2 Ultra.
TSMC is a cornerstone for Apple, when it comes to building the processors that are present in Macs or iPhones. And officially, they have presented their roadmap of what their development will be like. The two nanometers were confirmed, but now the existence of 1.4 nanometer processors has been known. And not happy with that, TSMC has announced its plans until 2036. 13 years ahead!
TSMC processors until 2036
First it was the English-speaking news outlet MacRumors who put this on the air, and now it has been the media 9to5Mac who has released more complete details regarding an official talk in which all the intentions have been presented. However, despite knowing what the architectures will be like in 13 years, a confusion has been generated that has attracted attention.
In an image that they have shared from 9to5Mac, the nanometer scale and the code names of the processors they are developing are shown. The period shown covers a period between the year 2018 and the year 2036, and what is observed is the following:
- 2018: Codename N7. 7 nanometers
- 2020: Codename N5. 5 nanometers
- 2022: Codename N3. 3 nanometers
- 2024: Codename N2. 2 nanometers
- 2026: Codename A14. First 1.4 nanometer processor
- 2028: Codename A10
- 2030: Codename A7
- 2032: Codename A5
- 2034: Codename A3
- 2036: Codename A2
@dylan522p We all know TSMC chose the name “A14” to look superior on paper to Intel’s 18A. Childish.
December 15, 2023 • 17:02
By 2026, the development of processors smaller than two nanometers would be well under way. And the confusion that has taken place is precisely with the code name A14 that TSMC has given to this chip. Taking into account that this company works closely with Apple, the name A14 is that of the processor that the iPhone 12 had inside. But nothing could be further from the truth than the coincidence between these two nomenclatures is fortuitous.