Apple no longer develops mobile chips
According to analyst Ming-chi Kuo of research firm TF Securities, Apple has been late in updating its current A16 and M2 line of processors. Therefore, to ensure smooth mass production of the latest 3nm chips and improve performance and power consumption, Apple has devoted most of its resources to chip development. I suggest a 3nm chip.
If all goes according to plan, Apple’s updated 3nm processor will launch later this year.
Previously, multiple sources reported that Apple plans to phase out the Qualcomm modem used in iPhones and switch to its own modem next year. At the same time, the company is also working on its own WLAN and Bluetooth chips in order to phase out components from the supplier Broadcom by 2025.
With this new development, in addition to stopping production of Wi-Fi chips, Apple’s decision to focus resources on 3nm chips has also led Apple to suspend the 5G modem project. Mr. Kuo also confirmed that Apple will equip the iPhone 15 with Wi-Fi 6E. The high speed of new standards like Wi-Fi 6E or Wi-Fi 7 is also one of the reasons why Apple stopped developing WiFi chips. .Become.
The switch to 3nm should bring great benefits to Apple. The current M1 and M2 chips are based on a 5nm process, while the A16 Bionic is based on a 4nm process. There are billions of transistors in each microprocessor and nm (nanometer) is the unit of measurement for transistors. The smaller the size, the more transistors the processor contains, making it faster and more efficient. For example, the 7nm processor Apple A13 Bionic has 8.5 billion transistors, while the A16 Bionic has 16 billion transistors.