Apple's first 3nm chip for MacBook Pro is expected to go into production this year

TSMC plans to start mass production of 3nm chips later this year for upcoming MacBook models and other products.

"Backend companies are optimistic about demand for the upcoming MacBook chips, which will be manufactured using TSMC's 3nm process technology, and which, according to industry sources, will be available later this year ," reads the report's paid preview. Start production ."

However, TSMC is unlikely to generate significant revenue from overall 3nm chip production until at least the first quarter of 2023.

The information is in line with a report last week in Taiwan's Business Times that TSMC will start producing 3nm chips for Apple by the end of 2022 . Apple's first 3nm chip could be the M2 Pro chip for Macs, the report said, adding that the A17 Bionic chip in next year's iPhone 15 Pro models will also be a 3nm chip.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman expects the M2 Pro chip to be used in the next-generation 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as replacing the current high-end Mac mini based on Intel chips. Gurman believes that Apple plans to unveil multiple new Macs at its October event, but it's not entirely clear whether that will include new MacBook Pro and Mac mini models, or whether Apple will wait to release its first 3nm-powered MacBook Air in 2023 Chip Mac.

Both Apple's M1 series chips and M2 chips use TSMC's 5nm and its improved process, and the transition to 3nm chips will improve the performance and energy efficiency of Macs and iPhones.

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