Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, has already begun to give latest tweaks to the A11 chip design, a processor that will be manufactured in a 10nm FinFET process. According to DigiTimes, TSMC is now ready to print the chips that the 2017 iPhone will use, although some rumors assure that what they are prepared to do is start manufacturing the processors for tests that will be performed before starting mass production.
After finishing the final design of the A11 processors, TSMC hopes to get the certification of the 10nm manufacturing process in the last quarter of 2016. In the first quarter of 2017, the Taiwanese company would start delivering samples to Apple and, once Tim Cook and company gave them the approval, they could already start with the mass manufacturing of what will be the processor of the iPhone 7s, iPhone 8 or whatever they have planned (do not forget that next year is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone).
TSMC expects to manufacture at least 66% of A11 processors
Rumors assure that TSMC will take over the manufacturing of all A10 processors that the iPhone 7 will include. Still, they only hope to manufacture two thirds of A11 processors which will arrive in 2017, a forecast that, in my opinion, has been made prudent.
A 10nm processor would have an efficiency 30-40% higher than the current A9, a device that is manufactured in a 14-16nm process, depending on whether it was manufactured by Samsung or TSMC. If we add to this the more than likely arrival of an AMOLED screen, the autonomy of the 2017 iPhone would improve considerably, especially if we use black backgrounds on the screen. A AMOLED screen It only consumes energy in the lit pixels. In addition, being 2017 the year of the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, we can still expect something new that could further improve autonomy. The bad thing is that, as always, we will have to wait to get out of doubt.
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