Apple and Intel will be the first to adopt the N3 (3-nm) manufacturing process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) when the contract manufacturer of chips launches in late 2022. Nikkei Asia news agency reported on Friday. Intel is expected to use the technology to make CPUs for PCs and servers, while Apple will use the node for its system-on-chips for client devices.

Apple and Intel are currently testing their chip designs made with TSMC’s N3 process, according to a Nikkei Report quoting several people with expertise. Given that N3 will “officially” go into risk-production mode in the coming weeks and the news agency’s information is accurate, we can speculate that Apple and Intel have already completed their N3 CPUs and SoCs. However, it is unclear whether they have functional silicon. Commercial production of these chips is expected to begin in the second half of 2022.

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