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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 […]

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Lilbits: Google is taking Android tablets seriously (again), Elementary OS troubles, and more about Apple’s M1 Ultra

It’s been more than a decade since Google released Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of the company’s mobile operating system specifically designed for tablets. The next release, Android 4.0, basically merged the smartphone and tablet operating systems into one… and Google hasn’t really paid much attention to tablets or tablet apps since then, leaving […]

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Apple Mac Studio is a mini PC that punches above its weight class with up to an M1 Ultra processor

Apple is launching a new line of Mac Studio computers that deliver better performance than an Intel-powered Mac Pro while taking up far less space on your desk. The Mac Studio measure 7.7″ x 7.7″ x 3.7″, but supports up to an Apple M1 Ultra processor with 20 CPU cores, 64 GPU cores, and a […]

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AMD launches Threadripper Pro 5000 WX workstation-class chips with up to 64-cores, 128 threads and support for 2TB of RAM

AMD is refreshing its Threadripper Pro line of workstation-class processors for the first time since the company introduced the Threadripper Pro 3000 WX series in 2020. The new AMD Threadripper Pro 5000 WX Series processors feature CPU cores, 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and support for up to 2TB of RAM. There are five models available at launch, ranging […]

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Lilbits: Samsung may be throttling Android app performance, Intel Core i7-12650HX leaked, Valve issues fix for Steam Deck stick drift

Every few years one or more phone makers seems to be caught throttling performance of certain Android apps and games, often to help phones get high scores in benchmarks even when they’re not representative of real-world performance. This time it’s Samsung’s turn. The company’s Game Optimizing Service has been discovered on Galaxy S22 phones, and […]

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UCIe open chiplet standard backed by Intel, AMD, and ARM could lead to chips with mix-and-match parts

Chip designers and manufacturers have widely adopted a “chiplet” strategy in recent years, basically combining a series of smaller modular bits of silicon with different functions together to create more versatile processors. Now many of the biggest players in the semiconductor space have come together to introduce an open standard for chiplets. The new Universal Chiplet […]

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MediaTek introduces Dimensity 8000, 8100, and 1300 chips for mid-range and flagship phones

Chip maker MediaTek has unveiled three new processors that the company says will arrive in smartphones shipping as soon as this month. The MediaTek Dimensity 8000 and Dimensity 8100 are aimed at mid-range devices, while borrowing features from the company’s Dimensity 9000 series, while the new Dimensity 1300 is a high performance chip that appears to be an […]

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Intel details Alder Lake-U and P series chips (9W – 28W)

The first laptops with 12th-gen Intel Core processors went on sale at the end of January, but so far the only models available are powered by 45-watt Alder Lake-H processors. Now Intel is starting to provide mode details about what we’ll be able to expect from thinner, lighter notebooks powered by Alder Lake-P (28-watts), and […]

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Intel outlines roadmap for Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake, Arrow Lake, and Lunar Lake chips

Intel’s 12th-gen Core processors based on Alder Lake architecture are just starting to ship, but the company is already starting to talk about its next-gen chips… and the chips after that, and all the new chips coming in the next few years. During an event for investors this week, Intel painted a broad roadmap for […]

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AMD launches 35-watt Ryzen 6000HS laptop chips with RDNA 2 graphics

The first laptops powered by AMD’s Ryzen 6000 mobile processors should arrive soon with new models on the way from Acer, Asus, Dell (Alienware), Lenovo, Razer, and others. While AMD’s 2022 mobile chip lineup will eventually include a wide range of processors including 15-watt U-series chips and 45+ watt Ryzen 6000HX series processors, the first […]