TSMC's 6nm process may show up in 2020 iPhones ahead of Intel's 7nm. Intel is expected to launch 10nm Cannon Lake processors in Q4 of this year. With Apple and AMD already having 7nm "consumer" chips, Intel is being left in the dust. It is believed that Intel will have 7nm chips around late 2020, early 2021. This will be 2-3 years after the iPhone adopted 7nm and 1-2 years after AMD (Radeon VII). Do you know what is not years in the future:
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Apple started using 7nm processors with their A12 Bionic CPU in the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max in September of 2018. Apple is expected to move use TSMC's N7+ (N7 Pro) process for the A13 chip, with a possibility that 5nm will be used in the A14 for 2020 iPhones.
Intel is expected to change dies 2 years after introducing 7nm, putting what may be Intel 5nm chips around late 2022, early 2023. Intel has already confirmed researching the 5nm process.
With TSMC and Samsung so far ahead of Intel, there is not competition from Intel. Intel needs to step up their game and stop eating the dust of other companies. Competition is good and the more companies competing the more innovation will show in the market. While we still have competition, we can say that companies will continued working forward despite setbacks and innovation will continue.
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