Lilbits: Intel’s Adaptive Boost for Rocket Lake chips, Android 11 for Chromebooks, PinePhone Beta Edition

This week Intel introduced its new 11th-gen desktop processors, code-named Rocket Lake-S. Set to hit the streets at the end of the month, the new processors are manufactured using a 14nm process rather than the 10nm process the company uses for most of its recent laptop chips. But Intel is still promising a modest boost […]

Tablets with Intel Jasper Lake chips are on the way

Intel’s Jasper Lake processors are inexpensive, low-power chips with featuring the company’s 10nm Tremont CPU core architecture. Officially unveiled in January, they’re expected to arrive soon in laptops like the next-gen Acer Chromebook Spin 511 and 512. But it looks like they’re also headed to tablets. Chinese PC maker Chuwi is starting to show off […]

Intel’s 11th-gen desktop chips arrive with a boost in CPU performance, bigger boost in graphics (Rocket Lake-S)

Intel’s new 11th-gen desktop processors (code-named Rocket Lake-S) include a new “Cyprus Cove” architecture which the company says brings up to a 19-percent improvement in instructions-per-cycle for the highest frequency CPU cores. But the bigger change may be the inclusion of Intel Xe-LP integrated graphics, which could bring up to a 50-percent boost in GPU […]

Qualcomm’s $1.4 billion NUVIA acquisition could supercharge Snapdragon chips for laptops (and other devices)

Qualcomm makes the processors found in many of the world’s most popular smartphones. But the company’s chips aren’t exactly the fastest ARM-based processors available for mobile devices. Year after year Apple’s processors tend to carry that title, with the company A series chips tending to outperform the best Qualcomm has to offer, and the new […]

Lilbits: Qualcomm’s current and next-gen laptop chips, Google Voice loses a key feature

Windows laptops with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors have been around for a few years… but they’ve offered generally underwhelming performance, especially now that Apple has shown that laptops with ARM-based processors can be much faster than equivalent models with x86 chips. But Qualcomm isn’t done making laptop processors. Details about an upcoming chip are starting to […]

Lilbits: Leaks (GPD Win Max 2, MS Surface Laptop 4, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Lite?)

Every GPD Win handheld gaming PC to date has been powered by an Intel processor. The company started with low-power Intel Atom chips, but last year’s GPD Win Max shipped with a 25 watt Intel Core i5-1035G7 Ice Lake processor and this year’s GPD Win 3 is supports up to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 chip […]

MIPS Technologies pivots to designing RISC-V processors

MIPS Technologies, the company that had been synonymous with the MIPS processor architecture, is now shifting its business model. Instead of designing MIPS chips, the company will be developing processors based on RISC-V architecture. It’s been a long road for MIPS. The company was founded in 1984 and the first MIPS (Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipelined […]

Lilbits: Windows Terminal, Mageia 8, Oppo Find X3 Pro, and a modular electronic blocks kit for STEM education

Elecrow, the company behind the CrowPi educational laptop powered by a Raspberry Pi, have launched a new crowdfunding campaign for a more ambitious STEM education product called Crowbits. They’re sets of electronic modules including controllers, power supplies, input and output devices, and sensors. These blocks can be snapped together magnetically to create various projects including […]

Lilbits: Chip shortage, PlayStation Portable emulator, and Google Photos

There’s a semiconductor shortage that’s affecting the supply of chips for a wide range of products including laptop and desktop computers, game consoles, and automobiles, just to name a few product categories. Like so many things that have happened in the past year, you can largely blame this on COVID-19, which has led to changes […]