A15 Bionic will be Apple’s next smartphone superchip and will be using TSMC’s 5nm node.

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Apple’s latest iPhone 12 has been creating all the buzz right now. The Apple-designed A14 Bionic, powers the iPhone 12 and is the fastest super-chip in the world right now. And now sources have claimed that the Apple A15 Bionic, the next-generation chipset, which is supposed to power the iPhone13 will surpass the current reigning champion.

A15 Bionic
Source: PhoneArena

The A14 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 12 series has shown remarkable improvement over Apple A13 Bionic. The A13 Bionic was the most powerful chip in a smartphone till its successor stepped in. The iPhone 11 series used the A13 Bionic chip. The A14 Bionic performs up to 16% faster consists of a 16-core neural engine and new machine learning matrix accelerators that perform twice as fast.

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Greg Joswiak said, “The arrival of 5G marks the beginning of a new era for iPhone and we’re thrilled to bring these impressive new capabilities to our customers with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini”.

The iPhone 12 comes with incredible features, 5G being the most discussed one at the moment. But Apple is already gearing up with a new smartphone in 2021, the iPhone 13
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), who manufactured the A12 and A13 Bionic chips, are also behind the A14 Bionic chips. TSMC developed it on its first-generation 5 nm fabrication process, N5. They will also develop the A15 Bionic Chip using the N5P process. The N5P node will make use of the current 5nm technology and will improve around 20-40 percent speed improvement or 40 percent power reduction.

When will the new A15 Bionic chip come out?

According to ChinaTimes, the mass production of the new A15 Bionic chips will begin by Q3 2021. These chips will power the iPhone 13 series scheduled for Q4 2021. Coronavirus pandemic has already delayed the release of the iPhone 12 series and Apple will make sure it doesn’t happen with the release of the iPhone 13.

A15 Bionic
Source: China Times

Apple is already responsible for one-fifth of TSMC’s total revenue. Apple has already booked the TSMC facilities for the production of the 5nm chips.

Reports suggest that the iPhone 13 will use the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 5G modem. The modem is also based on the 5nm process, making it smaller and more power-efficient. The modem can connect to sub-6GHz and mmWave simultaneously for more reliable and faster speeds. It features a sub-6GHz carrier aggregation to boost speeds when the faster mmWave 5G network isn’t available.

Reports also suggest that Qualcomm is using the 5nm mode for developing their upcoming Snapdragon 875 chip. This chip will also come embedded with the Snapdragon X60 5G modem. Android flagships such as Samsung Galaxy S21 will have this new chip and are going to compete with iPhone 12.

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