In January Patently Apple posted a report titled "The First Batch or Apple's Faster 5nm A14 processors from TSMC recorded a Breakthrough Yield exceeding 80%." The report noted that compared to 7nm, the transistor density of Apple's A14 will be 1.8 times higher, the speed is increased by 15%, and the power consumption is reduced by 30%. Apple's A14 is using TSMC's 5nm process, and mass production will begin by the end of the second quarter of 2020. Supply chain sources said that Apple has contracted two-thirds of TSMC's 5nm production capacity, and Apple and Huawei Hisilicon are the first two customers of TSMC's 5nm process.
Today a rumor report from tech site Yesky, which is part of China's Tianji Media Group, claims that "TSMC's 5nm will be mass produced in April with initial orders going to Apple and Huawei." The report further claims that TSMC's schedule for delivering 5nm is well ahead of Samsung's schedule.
Huawei will use TSMC 5nm processors for two products this year including the Huawei Mate 40 series and the other is the Kirin 1020 (tentative name). The performance of Kirin 1020 is up to 50% higher than that of Kirin 990.
While we reported back in February that the A14 will reportedly offer 30% in power consumption and 15% improvement in performance, today's report adds that the processor will have an "80% increase in crystal density."
Unfortunately I've been unable to find out what a huge increase in "crystal density" will translate to for the A14 processor. If you're familiar with crystal density in processors and what it could mean for Apple's A14, send your comments in our Twitter report.
With so many negative guesses found in rumors about Apple having to delay products, today's report is refreshingly positive and shows us that Apple may be able to get back on track.
Yesterday China's President Xi visited Wuhan where Apple partner Foxconn has a massive plant. It was also reported that Communist Party Chief claimed that business will soon return to normal. All positive signs for Apple if it's not propaganda.