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Lilbits: Another Intel Core i9-13900H mini PC, another Beeper Mini v Apple update, and Asus ROG Ally 2 coming this year (maybe)

It’s only been a few months since the first mini PCs with Intel Core i9 processors began to hit the streets, but they’re becoming increasingly common. As spotted by the folks at AndroidPC.es, one of the latest is the Chatreey IT12, which is a compact desktop computer available with up to an Intel Core i9-13900H […]

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Lilbits: NVIDIA and AMD to make ARM chips for Windows PCs?

It was big news when Microsoft announced in 2016 that it was bringing its desktop Windows operating system to computers with ARM chips made by Qualcomm. But seven years later most Windows on ARM computers to date have offered underwhelming performance and/or high price tags (or both), making them niche devices at best. That could change […]

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Lilbits: Intel’s next-gen chips leaked, Libre Computer’s new single-board PC, and the GPD Win Mini is hot (literally)

Six years after launching the Le Potato single-board computer, Libre Computer is back with a new model called the Sweet Potato. And it’s… not all that new. The updated computer has the same basic design as the original, the same Amlogic S905X quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor, the same Raspberry Pi-compatible 40-pin GPIO headers, and almost the same […]

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Lilbits: Arm IPO, Atari 2600+ and the “first conformant” GPU driver for Apple M1 and M2 chips

The folks behind Asahi Linux have been had to reverse engineer Apple’s CPU and GPU architecture in order to get Linux up and running on the latest Macs with Apple Silicon processors. But one of the developers responsible for much of the work that’s gone into creating open source graphics drivers for Apple M1 and […]

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ARM’s new chip designs promise performance and efficiency improvements (Cortex-X4, Cortex-A720, Cortex-A520, and Immortalis-G720)

ARM has unveiled new CPU and GPU designs that the company says will bring better performance to next-gen smartphones, tablets and laptops while. The new designs are also more energy efficient, which could lead to longer battery life… or at least better performance without taking a bigger toll on battery life. The ARM Total Compute […]

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Lilbits: ARM won’t ship license some high-performance designs to Chinese companies

ARM isn’t going to license its most powerful chip designs to Alibaba or other Chinese companies after determining that doing so would probably violate US and UK trade rules meant to stop companies from selling tech to Chinese companies that could have military applications. In other recent tech news from around the web, Sipeed has […]

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Lilbits: A phone that charges in 9 minutes, Qualcomm v ARM, and why the Pixel 7 is 64-bit only (according to Google)

With most modern smartphone makers having access to the same processor, memory, storage, and display technology as their competitors, some companies have found other ways to stand out. For Google it’s photography. And for some Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi and Oppo it’s fast charging. Case in point: does anyone need a mid-range phone with […]

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ARM sues Qualcomm over license and trademark issues related to Nuvia acquisition

Qualcomm has dominated the smartphone chip market for years, but the company has had a tougher time breaking into the PC market. So Qualcomm acquired a startup called Nuvia last year, which was already working on processors meant to rival the chips that power Apple’s latest laptop and desktop computers. Both Qualcomm and Nuvia make […]

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ARM Cortex-X3 CPU cores promise up to 25 percent higher peak performance

Chip designer ARM has unveiled three new(ish) CPU core designs that could power the flagship phones of 2023 and beyond. The most powerful is the new ARM Cortex-X3 CPU core is expected to bring up to 25% better peak performance when compared with the previous-gen Cortex-X2. ARM says this is the third time the company […]

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ARM’s new GPUs bring better performance, efficiency, and support for ray-tracing

ARM’s next-gen graphics solutions include two new Mali GPUs for premium devices and a brand new Immortalis-branded GPU that the company says is designed for flagship-class devices. With support for hardware-based ray-tracing, the first Immortalis GPU is the Immortalis-G715, which ARM says also delivers 15% better performance, 15% better efficiency, and twice the AI performance […]

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Microsoft’s Project Volterra is an ARM-based mini PC for developers

Microsoft’s desktop Windows operating system used to be exclusively available for PCs with x86 processors. But that changed with Windows 10, and we’ve been seeing Windows computers with ARM-based processors since 2018. They’re not exactly common though, and at least part of the reason is that while ARM processors have gotten faster in recent years, […]