iPhone 12: the breakthrough power of the A14 processor

Last year's flagship from Cupertino iPhone XS, which received a powerful processor created using the 7 process technology

nanometers A12 Bionic, by performancesignificantly higher than Android competitors. Its performance is comparable to desktop systems. The next flagship will receive an even more powerful A13 processor, which TSMC creates using EUV technology using the same technical process. But in a generation, a smartphone with the A14 chipset will have more transistors, since the manufacturing process is already planned to be 5 nanometers.

When to expect

Experts expect production to start.5-nanometer processors in a year, and they will equip them with devices from 2020, primarily the iPhone. A13, most likely, will not greatly exceed its predecessor in performance, since the technical process is the same, serious changes are not expected in the architecture. There is information that the processor density is increased by about 15-20 percent, energy efficiency is also increased by ten percent. As for the next generation of processors, 5 nanometers will provide great opportunities for increasing performance and energy efficiency.

On the chain of suppliers goes information thatthe speed of A14 will be 17 percent higher than the A13-th, the density will almost double. Studies appear to have already been completed, and tests are taking place before the start of mass production. However, it may take about a year or more to fine-tune the technology, so the processor will appear on the market no earlier than 2020.

Road to conveyor

Nothing is known about the technical difficultieswith which TSMC will encounter when testing a new process technology, however, the supplier has already made commitments, and 25 billion dollars have already been allocated for the production of these processors. As for nanometers, and why there is a race to reduce them, the point here is to reduce the distance itself, which is between the transistors. The smaller the distance, the faster the electric impulses pass between them, and less energy is lost. In addition, you can pack a lot more transistors in the same area, and this greatly improves performance.

Information that the supplier by 2020will bring 5-nanometer processors comes from different sources, so that, the reliability is high. Also this year, the Cupertinov modems will have 5G, and this, coupled with the first folding flexible smartphone, can greatly change the company's position on the market.

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