AMD launches Ryzen 5000 Mobile chips for ultralight and gaming laptops

Just a few months after launching the first Ryzen 5000 desktop processors based on Zen 3 architecture, AMD is bringing Zen 3 to laptops with the launch of two new lines of Ryzen 5000 Mobile processors. As usual, the new chips are divided into 15 watt U-series processors for thin and light laptops and higher-power […]

Samsung Exynos 2100 is a 5nm chip with ARM Cortex-X1 and support for 5G and 200MP cameras

Qualcomm’s next-gen smartphone processor is a 5nm, octa-core chip with one ARM Cortex-X1 CPU core plus a mix of an integrated 5G modem and support for up to 26 TOPs of AI performance. In other words, the new Samsung Exynos 2100 sounds a lot like Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor, at least on paper. Hopefully that […]

Intel launches 10nm Celeron and Pentium Silver chips for inexpensive, low-power laptops

Intel is refreshing its Celeron and Pentium Silver line of chips for low-cost, low-power notebooks designed for the education market and beyond. The new Intel “Jasper Lake” processors are the first members of their respective families to feature 10nm Tremont architecture and Intel is promising a significant boost in performance for inexpensive Windows laptops and […]

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 will bring 5G to budget phones

Qualcomm’s expanding its line of 5G-enabled smartphone chips with its first Snapdragon 400 series processor equipped with a 5G modem. The Qaulcomm Snapdragon 480 processor is an 8nm octa-core processor designed for entry-level and mid-range phones, and it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon X51 5G modem with support for peak download speeds up to 2.5 Gbps and peak […]

Lilbits: MediaTek’s rise, an E Ink monitor, and marrying Arduino and Raspberry Pi

Apple may make the highest performance smartphone chips, but they’re only used in Apple’s phones, tablets, and PCs which means they have a limited market share. Meanwhile rivals including Qualcomm and MediaTek (and to some degree Samsung) sell their chips to multiple phone makers, which has helped them ship a lot of processors. With a product […]

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 […]

Intel Visual Sensing Controller AI module coming soon to PCs

Intel has introduced a new AI chip that the company says will bring low-power capabilities to laptop computers. The Intel Visual Sensing Controller, code-named “Clover Falls” is what Intel calls a “companion chip” designed to work with the Intel Core processor in a notebook rather than replace it. Among other things, it could allow laptops […]

Next year’s Android phones will be almost as fast as last year’s iPhones

Smartphones featuring Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor are expected to begin shipping in early 2021 and when the chip maker unveiled its next-gen flagship earlier this month, Qualcomm promised up to a 25 percent boost in CPU performance, a 35 percent improvement in graphics, and even bigger gains in some AI tasks. Now the company […]