Nikkei: Apple is starting mass production of the M2 chips this month using TSMC’s N5P process

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Tamsin Rodriguez22 May 2021Last Update : 1 year ago
Nikkei: Apple is starting mass production of the M2 chips this month using TSMC’s N5P process

Last week at the Spring Loaded event, Apple expanded its portfolio of M1-powered devices with the new iPad Pros and the new iMacs. The next big event is WWDC, which launches on June 7 and is expected to bring larger MacBook Pro models (14 “and 16”). More important than their size will be their brains.

Nikkei reports that Apple and TSMC will start mass production of the Apple M2 chipset (or maybe it’s called the M1X). This means that the first units could be shipped as early as July – about a month after WWDC.

Interestingly, the publication reports that M2 will be fabbed using the new N5P process. The current M1 chips are based on the N5 process, which according to TSMC’s official figures provides a 15% speed improvement and a 30% reduction in power compared to the older N7 (7 nm) process. N5P improves it to 20% and 40% respectively compared to N7.

M2 is expected to add more CPU and GPU cores, probably also a few NPU cores. The current M1 chips have 4 large CPU cores (and 4 small ones) plus 7 or 8 GPU cores. The more efficient process will be a boon for the larger, more powerful chip.

The M1-powered computers have revived Apple’s computer business. According to data from IDC, Apple shipped 6.69 million Macs in the January-March period, more than double what it accomplished in the same period last year. And 2020 was already a strong year with 23 million Macs shipped over the twelve months, an increase of 29.1% over the previous year.

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