Apple’s main chip supplier TSMC will begin mass production of 3nm chips this week, with Apple being the primary customer of the new process, which could be used for the first time in upcoming M2 Pro chips are expected to power the updated MacBook Pro and Mac mini models.

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According to the new report from DigiTimesTSMC will begin mass production of its next-generation 3nm chip process on Thursday, December 29, in accordance with reports from earlier in the year that said mass production of 3nm would start later in 2022. From the report:

TSMC will hold a ceremony on Dec. 29 at Fab 18 in Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) to mark the start of commercial production of chips using 3nm process technology. The pure-play foundry will also be fleshing out plans to expand production of 3nm chips at the plant, according to sources at semiconductor equipment companies.

Apple is currently using TSMC’s 4nm process in the A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro series, but could jump to 3nm early next year. A report in August claimed that the upcoming ‌M2‌ Pro chips would be the first to be based on the 3nm process. The ‌M2‌ Pro chip is expected to debut first in updated 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros early next year and may be updated MacStudio and ‌Mac mini‌ models.

Later in 2023, according to another reportthe third generation Apple silicon, the M3 chip and the A17 Bionic for the iPhone 15, will be based on TSMC’s enhanced 3nm process, which is not yet available. According to the DigiTimes today reports, citing industry sources, that production of 3nm process chips “is unlikely to increase” until production of the enhanced version starts.

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