A new report suggests that Apple’s M2 Pro Apple silicon processor, as well as future M3 chips, will be manufactured using TSMC’s newer 3nm (N3) technology, which offers significant power and performance improvements.
According to a paywalled Digitimes story obtained by MacRumors this week, Apple will use TSMC’s N3 technology in its next M2 Pro processors and future M3 Apple silicon.
Recently, at WWDC 2022, Apple introduced its new M2 chipset. The new M2 (2022), which replaces the original M1 chip but is still constructed on TSMC’s 5nm (N5) technology, is the star of the new M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13-inch models, which offer decent performance gains over the old M1.
If Apple intends to use this new technology to improve future Apple silicon, it could result in even greater improvements in performance or power efficiency for existing Apple hardware, including the M2. According to TSMC,
TSMC’s 3nm (N3) technology (another full node step from our 5nm (N5) technology) will be the most advanced foundry technology in PPA and transistor technology when it is introduced. Up to 70 percent logic density gain, 15 percent speed improvement at the same power, and a 30 percent power reduction at the same speed would be achieved by N3 technology, as compared to N5 technology.
It claims that N3 is up to 15% quicker than N5 at the same power draw level, or 30% less power-hungry at the same speed, and that mass manufacturing will begin in the second half of 2022. In the long run, it would be advantageous for Apple’s future top-tier MacBooks in two respects. When compared to current MacBook Pros (2021) and M1 Pro CPUs, they would be 30 percent more efficient while running at the same speed and providing both performance and battery life increases at the same time.
According to Bloomberg, Apple expects to offer four new Macs with the M2 processor family in the near future. New Mac minis, new MacBook Pros, and new Mac Pros with upgraded processors are all expected to be released in the coming months.
Despite the fact that the new MacBook Pro from Apple features a few nice additions over the previous model, the new MacBook Air is getting more attention due to a bevy of improvements, including a new chassis and a better webcam.
As Digitimes’ supply chain coverage is more reliable, this report would be in keeping with Apple’s dramatic increase in performance, as evidenced by its ever-expanding variety of Macs equipped with Apple silicon chipsets. The estimate also fits TSMC’s manufacturing plan for the second half of 2022, as reported.