TSMC will produce 3nm chips in America on behalf of Apple, the news has now been confirmed by the Taiwanese chipmaker himself. Today, however, it emerges that, always under the request (and perhaps pressure) of Cupertino, TSMC will also start producing 4nm chips in the United States, with important repercussions on the entire IT sector.
According to reports from Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, TSMC would have allocated 12 billion dollars for the creation of a 4nm chip manufacturing plant, which should be ready and operational by 2024. The Fab is expected to be located in Arizona, next to the line that will produce 3nm chips. In reality, work on the factory has already begun for some time, but it seems that Apple’s hand has led to the company conversion from 5nm to 4nm quickly.
In particular, pressure from Apple would have pushed TSMC to switch from the implementation of the 5nm node, one of the most used in high-tech chips around the world, directly to 4nm chipswhich are instead the ones most used by Apple, since they will soon be used in the iPhone, iPad and Mac chips of the Cupertino company.
In particular, it seems that Apple has convinced TSMC to move chip production to 3nm first in the United States of America, explaining that these chips will be necessary for the production of the A17 Bionic chips of the iPhone 15 line. Now, the Bitten Apple would be convincing its supplier to do the same with the 4 nm chips, which should be implemented in new iPads and Macs with the Apple Silicon M2 chipset.
Apple’s goal, at this point, seems to be concentrate the production chain of iPhones and Macs in the United States, so that you can control it more directly and not be affected by the changes of policy of foreign states: it is possible that behind this strategy there is the price suffered in recent months, when the Chinese lockdowns have severely impacted the stocks (and sales) of iPhones and Macs.