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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, […]

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Asahi Linux Alpha lets you run Linux on Apple Silicon

Apple’s Macs with M1 series processors offer the best performance-per-watt of any laptop or desktop computers available at the moment. But the transition from using Intel chips to custom-made ARM processors limits your options for running software other than macOS. You can no longer dual boot Windows on a Mac (although you can run it […]

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Lilbits: Layoffs at ARM, new Ryzen desktop chips, and Shenzhen shutdown could mean more supply chain slowdowns

Two years after the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, China is one of the few countries that’s still pursuing a zero-COVID strategy, enforcing strict lockdowns wherever cases are reported in an effort to prevent it from spreading. But those lockdowns can have ripple effects, and the latest could make the global supply chain issues […]