TSMC's improved N3E process will be used to build Apple's M3 in H2 2023 at the earliest

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 23 Aug, 2022

A new report published in Taiwan's Commercial Times stated that the next-generation silicon for the M3 will be code-named Malma and that it will be mass-produced on TSMC's N3E architecture, giving the impression that the silicon will be mass-produced based on the architecture of the M3.

There are reports that N3E could be considered an improved variant of the N3 process, which is also known as 3nm.

There is a claim that the N3E could provide up to a 30 percent power reduction improvement over the N5, which is a significant improvement over the N3 that offers a 15 percent performance bump.

According to the report, it is predicted that M3 will be launched during the first quarter of 2024 or the first half of 2023.

As a result, we believe that 2023 is too far out for a launch date so we will stick with 2024 for now, as that seems to be a more realistic date.

As mass production of 3nm chips has started, we will likely see the first batch of Apple chips using this new technology in the coming year, and it is also likely that the A17 Bionic chip, which is rumored to be used exclusively in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, will also contain this same technology.

Apple could use the M3 in products such as the MacBook Air, and there is a chance that Apple will increase the display size of this model, meaning that thermals will be improved due to the larger cooling solution included in this model.

Another possible product will be an updated iPad Pro series, along with the refreshed iMac, as well as a possible iPad Air that might be introduced in the future.

Although Apple has not revealed the M3's exact core count yet, we can assume from the M2 and M1 that Apple will again use four performance cores and four power-efficient cores, due to the M2 and M1's power-efficient cores.

There is a risk that TSMC might run into problems in the future as a result of the complexities involved in mass-producing chips with a 3nm lithography.

There is a possibility that Apple may force the launch date for the M3 to be pushed back due to these issues, however, we will keep our readers posted with the latest information as we receive it, so please stay tuned.

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