Apple could be first company, which will be released on the mass market with processors made on a 7 nm process technology. Closest competitors, Qualcomm and MediaTek, has postponed the launch of a similar chip until at least 2019. It is reported by DigiTimes, with reference to own sources.
This year it is expected to release a single-chip system Apple A12. It is assumed that the chip will be made at 7 nm process technology that will allow Apple to beat competitors not only on the internal processor architecture and creation of the energy efficiency and performance. Manufacturer of a new chip for Apple will make Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC). This provider, which year offers the most advanced solutions to its partners.
Development CPU process less than 10 nm, an incredibly difficult task. According to DigiTimes, the cost of designing such a chip can be up to 300 million dollars. To date, such investments can afford not all companies of world level.
In addition, every year the development of new technological standards is becoming increasingly difficult — modern lithographic technology has approached the limit of the density. To achieve new heights will require a completely different approach. However, the solution was found — lithography in the hard ultraviolet range (EUV). This method will be used in the next generation series processors A.