Loongson launches 3A5000 processor, the first with LoongArch architecture

Chinese chip maker Loongson has been making processors based on MIPS architecture for more than a decade, but earlier this year the company announced plans to begin producing chips using its own LoongArch instruction set architecture (ISA). Now the first LoongArch chip has arrived. The Loongson 3A5000 is a 64-bit, quad-core chip with support for […]

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 […]

QNAP TVS-675 NAS (network attached storage) is powered by a Zhaoxin x86 processor

Intel and AMD aren’t the only companies making x86 processors. A Chinese organization called Zhaoxin has been designing its own x86 chips for the past few years. Up until recently those chips have only been available in computers designed for Chinese market. But now network attached storage company QNAP has introduced a NAS device powered […]

Intel Alder Lake mobile chip lineup leaked (up to 16 cores with big+small designs)

Intel’s first 12th-gen Core processors for mobile devices are expected to hit the streets later this year. Based on the company’s new Alder Lake designs, the chips will be different from most previous-gen Core processors in that they’ll combine “big” and “small” CPU cores on a single chip. A leaked product slide from earlier this […]

Intel’s unpopular Lakefield chips reach end of life a year after launch

Later this year Intel plans to launch its first Alder Lake mobile processors designed to combine two different CPU architectures on a single chip. The idea is to deliver up to a 14-core processor that features a mix of high-performance and energy-efficient CPU cores. But Alder Lake-P chips won’t be the first processors from Intel […]

OnePlus Nord 2 5G will be company’s first phone with a MediaTek processor (a custom Dimensity 1200)

The next mid-range smartphone from OnePlus will also be the company’s first smartphone to ship with a MediaTek processor rather than A Qualcomm chip. The phone maker says the upcoming OnePlus Nord 2 5G will have a custom version of the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 that’s been tweaked to deliver advanced artificial intelligence features. According to OnePlus, […]

Open source XiangShan RISC-V processor could eventually challenge ARM Cotex-A76

At this year’s RISC-V World Conference China, a team of more than two dozen students and professors from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) have unveiled the XiangShan processor that promises big performance gains over current RISC-V options. XiangShan has been developed as an open source project with a BSD-like Mulan PSL v2 license. Since […]

Qualcomm plans to launch a laptop processor that rivals Apple’s by mid 2022

Chip maker Qualcomm makes the processors that power every current-gen Windows on ARM laptop or tablet (which isn’t very many) and a handful of Chromebooks (there are even fewer of those). But the company’s strength has long been in the smartphone space, where Qualcomm powers most Android flagships. Its laptop processors have generally delivered underwhelming […]

SiFive Performance P550 is the most powerful RISC-V processor to date

Chip designer SiFive has unveiled two new processor cores featuring RISC-V architecture, including the new SiFive Performance P270 and SiFive Performance P550 processor. The company says the latter is the  highest-performance RISC-V processor to date. It’s also the first RISC-V processor core that Intel plans to incorporate into an upcoming chip. Intel says it will […]

Lilbits: Windows 11, Qualcomm’s next flagship chip, and Walmart & Target’s Prime Day counterprogramming

Two big leaks today – Microsoft might finally be ready to retire the Windows 10 brand name and replace it with something new, and Qualcomm’s next-gen flagship processor could be a doozy. First, the chip. ARM says chips based on its new ARMv9 architecture will bring big boosts in overall performance and efficiency, and even bigger […]