The media has already written about the 3-nm process from TSMC as something unlikely from the distant future. The 5-nm process , by which tens of millions of chips are about to be issued, is still not used in mass production, and from the sad experience of Intel it is known that at this stage the probability of unpleasant surprises is very high. In 2018, starting the world’s first mass production of microcircuits using 7-nm technology (Apple A12 Bionic, by the way), TSMC issued a press release in which it admitted that it does not work with the 5-nm process, the company switches to creating 6 -nm of the process – and only then, necessarily, there will be 5-nm, and 3-nm, and even 2-nm.

About the minute of weakness of TSMC and 6 nm, no one else ever reported. Several companies have already received trial lots of 5-nm chips (in particular, Apple and AMD), Jean-Louis Gassé had the opportunity to try the MacBook with the Apple A14 inside (under a non-disclosure subscription) – he is delighted, but does not provide details. And the 3-nm process was and remained an almost unscientific tale, until the last Tuesday. According to DigiTimes, the development of this process is going according to plan, TSMC has begun creating a production line for the trial production of 3-nm chips, and the company will be ready for mass production in mid-2022. DigiTimes didn’t even mention about the Apple A16, iPhone and other apple tricks – only about 3-nm.