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TSMC to start production of A11 chips for iPhone 8 in April

The iPhone 8 is expected to be released in September this year, as usual. Although the launch date is far away, the product should start to be prepared as soon as possible to avoid stock problems. In fact, TSMC has already taken the first step, as it will start manufacturing the next processor, the A11 , this April.

The iPhone 8 processor will go into production shortly.

TSMC will start production of the processors A11 in April this year, i.e. next month. It is therefore expected that there will be no stock problems when the new iPhones are launched at the end of the summer.

TSMC to start production of A11 chips for iPhone 8 in April
TSMC to start production of A11 chips for iPhone 8 in April

And how many units do you plan to produce? The manufacturer’s plan, TSMC, is to produce 50 million units by mid-summer. This number will be increased to the massive amount of 100 million chips by the end of this year.

iPhone 8 Concept

What changes will this A11 bring?

Apple is focusing all its efforts on preparing a good iPhone for this year . Or at least, that is what is expected, as the iPhone 8 would correspond to the iPhone of tenth anniversary . Therefore, Apple cannot fall into the sin of making a bad iPhone.

If anything, the iPhone 7 stood out for its performance and battery. In both cases, this improvement was given by Apple’s A10 processor. This processor is one of the most powerful on the market, in fact, it proved in several tests to be the best in single-core performance, leaving the Galaxy S7 far behind, for example. But in addition, it also improved battery performance thanks to the A10 Fusion architecture, which consists of having two high-performance cores and two low-performance cores. This is something that we saw before in other brands, like Snapdragon, but that was taking a long time to appear in the Apple world.

Well, the A11 could not be less. And how could Apple improve this processor? Well, the easiest way would be to put even more power into it , and that is what Apple seems to be planning. According to the filtered information, the new Apple processor will be manufactured by TSMC using 10 nanometer technology . And what does this mean? It means that this new processor will use 10nm transistors. This makes it possible to put more transistors in the same amount of space, but also reduces the time between when an electrical signal reaches another transistor, because the distances are shorter.

Therefore, the transistor size of this A11 will be 10nm , compared to 16nm for the A10 and 14nm for Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. But not only the size of these transistors will change, but also the type. The transistors will be of the type FinFET , but we still don’t know what consequences this change could bring.

Conclusion

As we can see, the iPhone 8 is going to have great improvements , not only because of its OLED screen, new cameras and more, but also because of a new processor that will take the lead in this area thanks to the change from 16nm to 10nm. What do you think?

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