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NVIDIA’s $40 billion ARM purchase hits another roadblock as the FTC files suit

The Federal Trade Commission is suing to prevent NVIDIA from acquiring ARM for $40 billion. NVIDIA and Softbank agreed to the deal in September of 2020, but regulators in the U.K., EU, China and now the U.S. have all raised concerns. NVIDIA had originally hoped to close the deal in 2022, but that seems to […]

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Qualcomm launches 3rd-gen Snapdragon 8cx and Snapdragon 7c+ chips for laptops & tablets

Qualcomm has been making chips for Windows laptops and PCs for a few years, but up until now they’ve only been used in a handful of devices and they’ve been relatively uncompetitive with the latest Intel and AMD processors in terms of price and performance. That could be set to change next year, because Qualcomm […]

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ARM’s PlasticARM is a flexible microprocessor made from plastic rather than silicon

Most microprocessors are made using silicon. And most are rigid, which means that if you want to put them in flexible devices like folding phones or wearables, they’ll need to be placed in a section that doesn’t bend. ARM has just unveiled a new PlasticARM chip that bucks both trends. It’s a natively flexible processor made […]

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ARM introduces the first ARMv9 CPU cores (Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510) plus new GPU technologies

ARM-based processors power almost all of the world’s smartphones as well as many tablets, some computers (including most recent Apple Mac products), and a huge number of other gadgets. Most ARM chips released in the past ten years have been based on ARMv8 architecture. But earlier this year ARM announced it would soon make the […]

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Huawei launches a Linux laptop with an ARM-based Kirin 990 processor

Over the last few years Chinese electronics company has been reducing its reliance on tech from other countries in response to trade restrictions imposed by the US. Now Huawei has launched its first laptop that doesn’t feature an Intel or AMD chip. The Huawei Qingyun L410 is powered by Huwaei’s own Kirin 990 processor, an ARM-based chip that was initially developed for smartphones and tablets.

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Lilbits: Remembering the Eee PC, meeting the Fitbit Luxe, and saying goodbye to FTP in Firefox

The year was 2007. Asus had already released the first Eee PC mini-laptop with a 7 inch display and a custom Linux distribution in Taiwan, and now it was available for purchase in the United States. Living in New York City at the time, I was able to run down to the (now defunct) J&R […]

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Lilbits: Apple leaks, NVIDIA’s ARM CPUs, and PC shipments are (way) up

Every quarter a handful of analysts release reports letting us know if shipments of devices like PCs, smartphones, tablets, and smart home devices are rising, falling, or flat. Sometimes this data gives us a good idea of current and future trends. This year, I’m not really so sure what it tells us. With that in […]

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NVIDIA graphics could come to Chromebooks and PCs with MediaTek processors

NVIDIA may be in the process of acquiring ARM and launching several new ARM-based processors for data centers and autonomous vehicles. But the company is also partnering with other chip makers to bring NVIDIA graphics to new places – including supercomputers, edge hardware, and personal computers featuring ARM-based processors. From a consumer standpoint, one of […]

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ARM introduces v9 architecture with focus on security, AI, and next-gen performance

Most of the world’s smartphones are powered by processors based on designs from ARM, as are a growing number of other devices including servers, personal computers, IoT and smart home devices, and automotive systems. While ARM releases new chip designs regularly, most modern ARM-based processors are based on ARMv8 architecture which was first introduced a […]

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BlueStacks 5 will soon let you run Android apps on Macs and PCs with ARM chips

BlueStacks has been offering software that lets you run Android apps on Windows PCs for almost a decade. But the company says it’s upcoming BlueStack 5 release is a major update that will bring performance and efficiency improvements to the Android emulator. And while the Bluestacks 5 Beta that’s available for download only runs on Intel […]

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Lilbits: Qualcomm doesn’t want NVIDIA buying ARM, and Xiaomi’s next flagship could have 120X zoom and a second screen in the camera bump

After launching in China late last year, the Xiaomi Mi 11 launched globally this week. But while the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 108MP camera, and 120 Hz display might seem like premium features, a new Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has leaked, and it’s got some even more premium characteristics. among other things, there’s a camera […]

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Report: Microsoft designing custom ARM chips for servers (and maybe Surface devices)

Apple has been making its own iPhone and iPad chips for years, but the company recently started shipping laptops that use Apple Silicon rather than Intel processors. And it sounds like Microsoft is considering doing the same thing. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is designing its own ARM-based chips for servers, and “exploring using another chip […]