Updated on December 27th, 2021
Apple has tied up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to create 5G iPhone modems from 2023. Rumors of Apple moving away from Qualcomm have been flooding the internet for a while.
According to a report from NikkeiAsia, Apple is planning to adopt TSMC's 4-nanometer chip production technology to mass produce its first proprietary iPhone modem chip. The report adds that the iPhone maker is developing its own radio frequency and millimeter wave components to complement the modem. The tech giant is also in the process of developing its own power management chip.
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Apple has been trying to reduce its reliability on Qualcomm to grab control of its vital semiconductor components. The iPhone maker had earlier entered into a six-year licensing pact with Qualcomm along with a multi-year chip supply agreement for a few billion dollars. This was after a prolonged battle over patent royalties.
Self-designing the chip can not only help save Apple significant money but can also help integrate the hardware more efficiently. "[This will help] Apple to integrate TSMC's chip with its in-house mobile processor," according to the report.
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