A new one Nikkei Asia reports details that Apple “forges a closer partnership” with TSMC to manufacture its 5G modem for 2023 iPhones. Referring to four people aware of the matter, the report claims that Apple will use TSMC’s 4nm node for mass production of its internal 5G modem, even though it is currently lagging behind production on the 5nm node.
To go along with the modem, Apple is also building its own RF and mmWave components for the modem. In addition, the company is also working on its own power management chip for the modem.
There have been several reports so far claiming that Apple will use its own 5G modem in 2023 iPhones. Qualcomm confirmed that it will only produce about 20 percent of the modem required for 2023 iPhones. It believes Apple will continue to use its modem in at least some parts of the world.
Apple is currently heavily dependent on Qualcomm for the modem used in their products. By developing its modem, the company would cut down on its dependence on the San Diego chip maker. And as with all other chips that Apple has developed, this would allow the company to further optimize the modem for iPhones according to its requirements and ensure that they deliver superior performance and efficiency.
The Cupertino company reached an expensive settlement with Qualcomm in 2019 after years of back and forth between the two. The settlement allowed Apple to use Qualcomm’s 5G modem in iPhones as part of a six-year licensing agreement. The settlement also caused Intel to leave the 5G modem industry, where the team was eventually snatched up by Apple.
[Via Nikkei Asia]