Nikkei Asia, a well-known media has published a report assuring that the Apple M2 SoC has entered the mass production stage and that the first batch of products may begin to appear in the hands of Apple sometime in July. If this is confirmed, then the presentation of the product may take place earlier than we thought, but it has yet to be confirmed.
Unsurprisingly, TSMC has the responsibility of making the new Apple M2 SoC. The 5nm + process is used in it, which is an improved version of the 5nm process in terms of efficiency and performance. If you want to know when Apple will start using the 3nm process in its quiet SoC, you can get the answer in 2022.
Apple M2 SoC’s foundation will remain the ARM architecture, but as many readers know, Apple’s usual customization layer will have a significant impact on performance. We just have to remember that in most cases, although Apple’s A-series chips have a small number of cores, how do they perform compared to competitors in each era?
What to expect from the Apple M2 SoC?
Of course, due to the use of TSMC’s 5+ nm process, the performance per watt is more efficient. I think it is also possible to see an increase in single-line performance, although I suspect this is due to an increase in operating frequency (total power) or an increase in architecture level (IPC).
There are rumors regarding the number of CPU cores of the new Apple M2 SoC that it may be equipped with a 12-core processor. And that high-performance processor with 12 cores will be divided into 8 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores. If you compare it with Apple M1 SoC, the improvement of the multi-threading function will be very big.
We do not have detailed information on GPUs and neural processing units, but obviously, we can expect considerable improvements in power and efficiency. An interesting thing to see in M2 SoC is that Apple has made interconnection technology that allows the unified memory system to be integrated with the rest of the elements that make up the chip.
If all goes according to plan, the first batch of computers using the Apple M2 SoC will be out later this year, including the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. As we expected, Apple M3 SoC should jump to 3nm.
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