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TSMC looks beyond iPhone 8's 10nm chips as it plans new plant to make 5nm and 3nm ones
TSMC may have won the exclusive contract to produce the A10 chip in the iPhone 7 and be on track to do the same for the A11 chip for next year's iPhone, but the company isn't taking future business for granted. Nikkei Asian Review reports that the company is already planning to build a new plant to create 5nm and 3nm chips to help win future Apple business …The A11 chip in next year's iPhone will use a 10nm process, already a big advance on the 16nm chip used in the iPhone 7. The design for this was said to have been finalized back in May, though TSMC won't be in a position to deliver the first samples to Apple until the first quarter of next year.The company was initially expecting to win around two-thirds of Apple's orders for the chip, with Samsung picking up the balance, but it was later reported that it would be the exclusive supplier.The race for ever smaller processes is key to winning future business from companies like Apple. TSMC is believed to be some way ahead of rival Samsung in the development of 10nm chips, and clearly wants to maintain that lead.