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Lima, November 25, 2021Updated 11/25/2021 01:43 pm

Apple plans to introduce its first four nanometer (nm) modems, which it will produce through Taiwanese processor maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), in 2023.

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According to published Nikkei, with this partnership, the company co-founded by Steve Jobs plans to adopt TSMC’s four-nanometer chip production technology to produce its first in-house 5G modem chip, thereby reducing its dependence on Qualcomm.

Last December, the company began developing its own modem for mobile phones in order to reduce dependence on Qualcomm, the supplier of these devices for the series iPhone 12 and 13 with 5G connectivity.

Since the beginning of 2021, processor manufacturers, such as the American Qualcomm, have been denouncing a global shortage of semiconductors, which depend mainly on Asian and Taiwanese companies, such as TSMC.

In this way, this agreement would give certain security to Apple to continue marketing its products without the need to depend on the company that until now was the supplier of most of its components, which translates into greater control over its ‘hardware’ integration capacity.

According to what the aforementioned medium publishes, for the new modem of iPhone 5G Apple is using TSMC’s production of five nanometer (nm) chips to design, test and produce what will be its own four nanometer SoC. According to Nikkei, it will not be commercialized until 2023.

As reported by the same media last July, iPad tablets will be the first to adopt TSMC’s three-nanometer technology. Nikkei has added that in the second half of 2022 Apple will use the four-nanometer technology from TSMC and not from Qualcomm, as before, for its iPhone processor.

It should be remembered that Apple acquired most of Intel’s smartphone modem business in mid-2019. This move was made known after the agreement reached between Qualcomm and the technology company whereby the former agreed to provide its chips to Apple during six years.

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