TSMC gets 3nm orders from Apple, Intel and AMD: for iPhone 16, Lunar Lake CPUs and Zen 5 CPUs

TSMC's new 3nm process node has Apple, Intel, and AMD as customers: A18 inside iPhone 16, M4 laptop chip, Intel Lunar Lake, and AMD Zen 5 all on 3nm.

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TSMC is enjoying an increasing number of orders as chip giants trip over themselves to get 3nm process node manufacturing for their upcoming designs. Customers include Apple, AMD, Intel, and more.

TSMC gets 3nm orders from Apple, Intel and AMD: for iPhone 16, Lunar Lake CPUs and Zen 5 CPUs 43

In a new report from Economic Daily News, we hear that TSMC's new 3nm process node orders are set to see huge growth throughout the year and to "remain robust until the end of the year." Q4 2023 saw TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) see 15% of its revenue derived from 3nm orders, but that's expected to pass 20% this year.

Apple will use TSMC's new 3nm process node for its upcoming A18 series processor, which will power its next-gen iPhone 16 family of smartphones later this year. Apple will also use the N3 node from TSMC for its upcoming next-gen M4 processor, which will power upcoming MacBook laptops.

Intel will use the TSMC N3 process node for its next-gen Lunar Lake CPUs, which will have the CPU, GPU, and high-speed I/O tiles all made on N3 and enter mass production in Q2 2024. This will be the first time in Intel history that the company will outsource its entire mainstream consumer platform processor series to TSMC, which sees a huge injection of revenue (and work) for TSMC this year and into 2025.

Lastly, we've got AMD's next-generation Zen 5 processors being made on TSMC's new N3 process node, with AMD's new processors codenamed "Nirvana". AMD will continue to rely on TSMC's advanced wafer foundry services, with Zen 5 chips launching in the second half of 2024.

TSMC is preparing to expand its production capacity for its N3 process node, with advanced packaging advancements required to meet huge orders from AMD, Apple, and Intel.

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