TSMC has started with the serial production of the SoC Apple A11. By July, 50 million chips of this type are expected to leave production. This is reported by Digitimes on the basis of the Chinese Economic Daily News. The SoC should be used in the next iPhone, which is to come in several variants on the market.
Exclusive 10-nm FinFET manufacturing for Apple
According to rumors, TSMC has been able to secure the production order after the Apple A10 exclusively with the Apple A11, while the Apple A9 Samsung also came to the train. The SoC is manufactured for the first time in the 10 nm FinFET process, which TSMC launched in autumn 2016. Since the beginning of 2017, the first chips have been produced on this basis in series. At Samsung, this was already the case in autumn 2016, there Qualcomm the Snapdragon 835 in 10-nm FinFET manufactured. The results of the new production process are currently still contradictory, but both companies have rumored that there should be problems. Samsung’s first-time production from the new production will be revealed this Wednesday in the Galaxy S8.
Technical data on the Apple-A11-SoC are not yet known. After Apple switched the A10 from iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for the first time from a two-to a four-core design, the new SoC should remain for the time being with this configuration.
Strong competition for Snapdragon 835
Compared with the new Snapdragon 835 in the test shows the Apple A10 still well set up, its single core performance is even in front, in games it depends on the application. Only in multi-core scenarios is the A10 down by about 15 percent. The Apple A11 should take over again.
TSMC parallel already with 7-nm-risk-production
As announced at the TSMC Symposium, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant wants to begin the risk production of 7 nm chips in April. This will also primarily target the mobile market, but also address all other areas, including the HPC segment. Thus, samples with an ARM cortex A72 core have already provided a clock rate of over 4 GHz for this market segment.