According to a new report, Apple is developing the M2 chip for Macs with support from Samsung Electro-Mechanics.
Apple's original M-series chips included the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra. Built by TSMC using its 5nm process node, these processors feature a large number of transistors starting at 16 billion transistors on the M1 and going up to 33.7 billion on the M1 Pro, 57 billion on the M1 Max and a whopping 114 billion on the M1 Ultra.
M-series chips based on Arm and M1's architecture are also used inside the latest versions of iPad Pro and iPad Air. Currently, Apple has completed the M1 series and is moving to the M2. One of Apple's main competitors says it wants to play some role in Apple's M2 supply chain. That is Samsung, the Korean giant that has participated in the production of the M1 series, wants to continue to participate in the production of the M2 series for Apple.
According to SamMobile, Samsung wants to participate in the production of Apple M2. In fact, the company is producing FC-BGA substrates that are so important for modern high-density chips with circuit connections. Now, it also wants to be a part of Apple's M2 chip production.
Samsung branch Electro-Mechanics is trying to finalize a deal with Apple. The goal is to produce the same FC-BGA substrate for the upcoming Apple M2 chip. The above report is said to coincide with the news that Samsung invested about 1 billion USD in the construction of an FC-BGA production facility.
The company is building a new facility in Vietnam, a key country for Samsung's weapons production. Furthermore, the company is also investing about $241 million in a facility in its native South Korea.
There is no exact information on the date when the brand will launch the Apple M2, it is likely that the roadmap will be similar to the way Apple applies with the M1 chip of 2020. In which, the company may reveal the Apple M2 at the same time. introduced the new MacBook and MacBook Pro lines in late 2022. After that, the company will likely introduce new variants such as the Apple M2 Pro, Apple M2 Max, and Apple M2 Ultra. Upgrades will be incremental for more performance and come to the Mac and MacBook lineup in 2023.