As Giants Apple technology and Intel should be the first on the market to guarantee the use of a new technology of chip manufacturing in partnership with Taiwanese Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC).

As reported by the news portal Nikkei Asia this Friday (2), both are testing their respective projects to develop next-generation chips made in 3 nanometers.


According to the publication, one of the iPad models launched in 2022 will be the first device to come equipped with the most advanced 'SoC' (System-on-a-chip, or, in Portuguese, system-on-a-chip).

Large-scale commercial production is expected to start only in the second half of next year. TSMC claims the new technology can increase processor performance by up to 15% compared to 5nm manufacturing, while reducing power consumption by up to 30%.

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In short, the smaller the chip, the smaller its transistors, which means the entire design can be “shrunk”. The reduction allows you to integrate even more transistors, which in turn means more possible calculations and superior performance.

There is also an advantage in energy consumption. Despite the increase in transistor count, smaller components need less power to run, so efficiency increases. Very useful for devices that need to be powered by batteries, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Intel partnership with TSMC

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Intel has been using the same manufacturing process in its desktop processors since 2014. Image: Victor Maschek/Shutterstock

Intel is working with TSMC on at least two processor projects for notebooks and servers. An attempt by the company to make its chips more competitive to regain the market share it lost to its rival AMD e Nvidia in the last years.

The company's new CEO, Pat Gelsinger, wants Intel to be more aggressive in the future. However, CPUs 'Rocket Lake-S'11th generation for desktops, still use the same 14-nanometer process first used in 2014.

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