The first 3nm processors will appear in mid-2023: they will be the new Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max. They will be followed by Apple’s A17 chips, which will be used in the iPhone 15 line, as well as the Apple M3, the next-generation M-series processor that will likely power the foundation of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and iMac. .
9to5mac, citing Bloomberg, reports that TSMC’s 3nm process will provide an average of 35% more power-efficient chips with similar performance (compared to the previous generation of TSMC-based chips launched with the 3nm process). 5nm).
However, many manufacturers may wish to increase clock speeds and/or the number of execution units on their processors, thus achieving an optimal balance between increased power efficiency and performance. Furthermore, in the case of processors such as the M2 Max, priority will almost certainly be given to achieving the highest possible performance, negating the energy efficiency advantages of the new process technology.