It is usually Huawei that accomplishes this mission! But as things are not at all easy for the Chinese giant … It is now Apple’s turn to hit the market with the most advanced production process.
After all, the new iPhone 12 already comes with a 5nm SoC, courtesy of TSMC’s production lines.
iPhone 12: The technological leap that will make smartphones more ‘smart’
So, if you happened to be aware of the launch of the new iPhones, you must have noticed that these are the first devices in the world to be powered by a new type of chip.
As is normal, Apple soon spoke of the ‘normal’ potentials such as increased processing, which will enable the editing of 4K videos, improve image capture processing, and increase performance in video games.
But what is really important in the midst of all this is the saving of the battery while the devices have become more powerful.
How this happens is more or less simple … After all, the fact that Apple uses the 5nm process instead of the ‘old’ 7nm process that gives life to current Qualcomm, AMD, etc… Is that the transistors they are now smaller, which of course, allows more units of these small essential components to be placed in the same physical space. In addition, they use less energy to achieve the same performance as in the past.
Interestingly, just 4 years ago, many experts doubted the arrival of this technology … At least this quickly. However, TSMC is already developing 4nm, 3nm and 2nm production lines. It is truly amazing how technology is evolving, even given the already known limitations of essential materials for semiconductor production.
What exactly do 5 nm mean?
A nanometer is a billionth of a meter. That is, it is approximately the size that a human hair grows every second.
However, nowadays, the 5nm reference is little more than a marketing term! For this reason, two products using the same designation may have transistors capable of offering different performance.
However, to help understand the level of this technological advance, you only need to take into account that there are about 171 million transistors arranged in each square millimeter of the chip.
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