Through this cooperation, the company co-founded by Steve Jobs plans to use TSMC’s four-nanometer chip production technology to produce its first internal modem chip.
Madrid. (Portaltic /EP)-Apple plans launch its first batch (4nm) of modems in 2023. These will be made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
According to Nikkei News, through this cooperation, the company that Jobs co-founded plans to use TSMC’s four-nanometer chip production technology to produce its first internal 5G modem chip, thereby reducing its dependence on Qualcomm.
The company started developing its own modems to mobile phones in December 2013 to reduce dependence on Qualcomm, which supplies iPhone 12 and 13 series smartphones with 5G connectivity.
In the United States, processor manufacturers Qualcomm have been decrying the shortage of semiconductors, primarily relying on TSMC and Asian companies.
The agreement will allow Apple to market its products more securely without relying upon the company that was listed as a supplier for most of its components. This gives Apple greater control over how its products are integrated. hardware’.
According to the aforementioned media, Apple will use five-nanometer (nm), chips from TSMC for its new iPhone 5G modem. This is to develop, test and manufacture its own four-nanometer SoC. According to Nikkei, it won’t be commercialized until 2023.
As reported by the same media in July last year, the iPad tablet computer will be the first to adopt TSMC’s three-nanometer technology. The Nikkei News added that in the second half of 2022, Apple will use TSMC’s four-nanometer technology on its iPhone processors, instead of using Qualcomm’s four-nanometer technology as before.
It’s worth noting that Apple bought most of Intel’s smartphone modem business in mid-2019. Qualcomm and Apple reached an agreement, where Qualcomm agreed to supply Apple with its chips for six years. year.