Last year MIPS Technologies announced that it was going to stop designing MIPS processors. That might sound surprising given the company’s name, but maybe it was inevitable when looking at trends in the semiconductor industry.

So MIPS pivoted to RISC-V architecture. And the company’s first chips based on that open instruction set are set to launch later this year. MIPS is promising best-in-class performance, but we’ll likely have to wait until this fall to find out whether the company can deliver on that promise.

In other recent tech news from around the web, Intel has updated its rollout schedule for its Arc line of discrete graphics solutions for laptops and desktops, Microsoft is updating the Windows 11 Sound Recorder app, a company called Teracube that’s carved out a niche by producing sustainable phones with long warranties wants in on the subscription revenue business, so it’s launching a phone for kids, and ahead of this week’s Google I/O developer conference, Google has released a web-based I/O Pinball game that’s surprisingly good for a game that takes seconds to load in a web browser.

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9 replies on “Lilbits: MIPS pivots to RISC-V, Intel staggers desktop Arc graphics release, and Google releases I/O Pinball”

  1. The teracube just looks like a regular teracube. What’s different is the parental control software. A subscription for that does sort of make sense, since they have to host the servers for it.
    I do think crowdfunding what is essentially a cybersecurity tool a part of a package with a phone is…odd. What I mean is, ideally, they’d just sell their phone for cheaper but let you download a parental control app which works off of a subscription license and is basically better than anything else at giving you as much control as possible, but maybe it’s hard to generate hype for that, or, as a show of trustworthiness, they don’t want to ship their regular phone with the kind of “backdoor” necessary for their parental controls servers to, for example, install an anti-porn hosts file.

  2. Hey Brad! Is it possible that some posts from the last couple of days are missing? It seems like stuff between 5th and 9th are gone, at least on my end.

    1. Are you saying that posts you had seen are missing? Or just that you don’t see much published between those dates?

      I updated the Khadas VIM4 article from May 6 and republished it on May 10t, so that one moved around a bit in the queue. And I didn’t publish anything at all on May 7 or 8.

      1. I remember seeing a post yesterday about a dev-board meant for a DIY router with M.2 slots for WiFi cards, SATA and whatnot. Banana-Pi maybe? I don’t see it in the list today. Maybe there were some posts before and after it too, it kind of feels like a full page is missing. But maybe I’m mixing up the dates and it was older…

          1. Huh. This is the post, but it’s not showing up for me at all. I can search for it and google will give me the URL, the same as yours. I also opened it in another browser in incognito mode just in case it’s some cookie or cache issue, but same results. Also on mobile. Maybe you as the admin can see it but it’s not set to public for some reason? I also checked and the article about the dual-screen OLED Zenbook is missing too, that was also around the same time. There seems to be something amiss with the pagination, if I manually go to I see some of todays and yesterdays posts, some of them not showing if I go to or For me the first entry on the top of the 3rd page is the Razer Blade 15.

  3. The company now calling itself MIPS was previously known as Wave Computing, who bought the assets from Tallwood Venture Capital, who in turn bought them from Imagination. Wave went bankrupt in 2020, and re-emerged last year under the MIPS name.

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