Tech large Apple took steps in the direction of turning into self-dependent when it got here to the chip powering its MacBooks a while again, with its M1 chips. Now, the corporate is alleged to be engaged on creating its personal modem chip, for which it nonetheless depends on different third-party chips. Famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier claimed that such a modem chip may see the sunshine of day by 2023 and a brand new report by Nikkei Asia corroborates the declare made by the tech analyst.
As per the report, Apple is seeking to have a more in-depth partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. for a similar, which might assist make the corporate lean much less on the shoulders of Qualcomm. The partnership with the Taiwanese chipmaker may see 5G iPhone modems being produced from 2023, says the report.
“Apple plans to undertake TSMC’s 4-nanometer chip manufacturing know-how to mass produce its first in-house 5G modem chip, 4 individuals conversant in the matter mentioned, including that the iPhone maker is creating its personal radio frequency and millimetre wave parts to enrich the modem. Apple can also be working by itself energy administration chip particularly for the modem, two individuals briefed on the matter mentioned […]”, mentioned the report.
Apple is utilizing TSMC’s 5-nm chip manufacturing to design and test-produce the 5G modem for the iPhone and as soon as the target is attained, the corporate will transfer on a 4nm course of to mass-produce the chips, mentioned the report, based mostly on inputs from sources.
Looks as if the corporate is pushed in the direction of making it an all Apple present with indigenous gadget parts, which is bound to make its relationships with Qualcomm bitter.