The race for processors is like any other technological race. All manufacturers want to have the best processors, the most powerful and efficient. All this, to be able to take them on your high-end devices. And among the most critical aspects of these is lithography.
Simply put, lithography is the size at which electronic circuit patterns are printed that make up the chips that make our technology work. Currently this is measured in nanometers, and the smaller it is, the more efficient the chip is and the space can be better used to increase its performance and power.
Currently, the chips that Apple uses for its products, the A14 and M1, are made with TSMC 5nm lithography. At this level, they already offer proven excellent performance, not only on mobile devices, but now also on Macs. However, from Nikkei Asia they indicate that Apple does not intend to stop there.
The Asian newspaper published a report in which they indicate that TSMC, Apple’s chip supplier, plans to produce chips with 2nm lithography by 2024. And if the forecasts come true, without unforeseen events, it would mean that the A18 would benefit from these improvements. Although there is still something far away.
Until then, and to continue to compete with manufacturers like Intel, who will now manufacture Qualcomm’s chips, TSMC would regularly introduce improvements. For example, Mac’s upcoming Apple Silicon chip could have 4nm lithography
All of this only benefits the users. This course will allow you to reach new levels of performance in a very short time, and we can’t wait to see what Apple is doing to make the most of it.