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ARM introduces the first ARMv9 CPU cores (Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510) plus new GPU technologies

ARM-based processors power almost all of the world’s smartphones as well as many tablets, some computers (including most recent Apple Mac products), and a huge number of other gadgets. Most ARM chips released in the past ten years have been based on ARMv8 architecture. But earlier this year ARM announced it would soon make the […]

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ARM unveils Cortex-A78C CPU for always-on laptops

Chip designer ARM is probably best known for the processors that power smartphones and many tablets. But Apple’s next-gen MacBook laptops are expected to be powered by ARM-based chips, and many current-gen Chromebooks (and some Windows tablets) also have processors based on ARM designs. Now ARM has introduced a new type of CPU designed specifically […]

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ARM’s next-gen chip designs to boost efficiency, sustained performance (Cortex-A78 CPU, Mali-G78 GPU, and more)

ARM is introducing a series of new chip designs for the coming year that the company says will bring stronger CPU, graphics, and AI performance and reduced power consumption. The new ARM Cortex-A78 CPU, Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 GPU, and Ethos-N78 neural processing unit are likely to show up in devices shipping next year, if not […]

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Tremont chips will bring new features to Intel’s Atom line

Intel’s Atom line of low-power processors are getting a major update this year with the introduction of the company’s new Tremont architecture. Last year Intel provided some basic details about the upcoming processors, but now we have more information thanks to the chip maker’s latest x86/x64 Software Optimization Manual (PDF link). In a nutshell, expect […]

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Future Samsung Exynos chips won’t feature custom CPU cores

Samsung has been one of the world’s largest chip manufacturers for the past few years — although that’s primarily due to the company’s memory and storage chips rather than application processors. But Samsung does make a lot of Exynos processors that power its smartphones, tablets, and other products. Up until now, these have included a […]

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Arm launches Cortex-A77 CPU, Mali-G77 GPU, and Arm ML NPU

Chip designer Arm is unveiling three new processors ahead of this year’s Computex show. They’re said to offer better all-around performance, improved efficiency, and a big boost to artificial intelligence. While Arm doesn’t actually product its own hardware, it licenses its designs to companies including Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and (until recently) Huawei — so we […]

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Purism’s newest Librem laptops ship with newer (but still old) chips

Purism’s first smartphone is set to launch this year, but the corporation got its start making laptops that ship with free and open source software and privacy-oriented features like physical kill switches for the mic, camera, and wireless radios. Now Purism is updating its laptop lineup with new models sporting upgraded processors. And by upgraded, […]

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper pre-orders begin for $799 and up ($549 model coming in August)

As promised AMD’s first “Threadripper” chips are now available for pre-order. As the name suggests, these are high-end, multi-core/multi-thread processors designed for desktop computers. The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X is a 12-core/24-thread chip that sells for $799, while the $999 Threadripper 1950X is a 16-core/32-thread processor. Both are up for pre-order now and should begin […]

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AMD Stony Ridge chips promise big boost for “value” laptops

You can divide AMD’s 7th-gen A-series processors into two families: there are the higher-performance AMD A10 and A12 chips for premium laptops, and the AMD E2, A6, and A9 chips aimed at “value” computers. While the company says both sets of chips offer big performance improvements over previous AMD processors, the biggest gains might be […]

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CPU Wars battle card game adds server chip expansion

A few years ago, a computer enthusiast created a battle card game that features CPUs instead of Orcs and goblins. The idea is, maybe not all card games need to be based in fantasy. Put four tech geeks in a room together and ask them what their favorite microprocessor is and a battle is sure […]

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More small PC boards with x86 processors for $75 or less

Inexpensive mini computers with ARM-based chips have gotten a lot of attention this year. But if you’re willing to spend a few dollars more you can get a much more powerful and versatile system with an x86 processor. Recently we took a look at the Asus C60M1-I mini-ITX motherboard with an AMD C-60 dual core […]