Apple is in talks with the Taiwanese giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to produce its own 5G modems for its next-generation products, which would reduce its dependence on Qualcomm or which would mean the company’s goodbye. the apple to the chips of the Californian company.
According to what it explains in its Nikkei Asia report, Apple’s plan is that from 2023, TSMC helps them in the manufacture of these modems.
Apple’s next generation of 5G chips is likely to be based on TSMC’s new 4nm manufacturing process. When developed, the chip will incorporate components designed by Apple for radio frequency and millimeter waves.
Those of Cupertino have also begun to work on a power management chip designed specifically to work with this modem that they plan in conjunction with the Taiwanese. However, mass production of these 5G modems from Apple will only start in 2023.
When does the Apple-Qualcomm deal end?
While Apple has been designing its own systems on chips (SoC) for more than a decade, the company has generally avoided making cell phone modems. The current-generation iPhones and iPads use Qualcomm’s 5G technology, supplied as part of a six-year agreement the two companies signed in 2019 that will end in 2025.
Apple first resolved all patent disputes with Qualcomm and signed the aforementioned long-term agreement. Months later, it also acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business for $ 1 billion.
The latter gave him access to a veritable gold mine of more than 17 thousand patents related to wireless technology. These patents include crucial protocols for cellular standards and modem architecture.
The advantages of moving to internal chips are numerous. It gives Apple even more control over hardware integration and would significantly lower manufacturing costs.
¿Chip TSMC para el iPhone 14?
There is almost a year left for Apple to present the new and inevitable iPhone 14, but rumors about this terminal have begun to run.
While others assure that, now, Apple will implement significant changes in the appearance of the smartphone, the most recent rumor revolves just around that axis, in a somewhat technical rather than visual aspect: the USB port.
For the iPhone 14, Apple would eliminate the Lightning port, eventually adopting USB-C technology, as the primary means of charging the device and transferring data.
Although it does not have a release date yet, it is very likely that it will arrive before 2023, the year in which Apple and TSMC would begin to work en masse, so it is not clear if the next iPhone will have a 5G chip from the Taiwanese company.