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Lilbits: Microsoft’s new 5G portable computing device, Honor Pad X8 tablet, and Avast buys a popular browser extension

A series of recent listings on the FCC website show that Microsoft has a new “portable computing device” on the way. Since the good stuff like pictures and user manuals are locked away behind confidentiality agreements, all we really know is that it supports WiFi 6E, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, and 5G wireless networking. Could it […]

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Precursor open hardware mobile device with an FPGA is now shipping (crowdfunding)

The Precursor is a pocket-sized mobile device with a physical keyboard and a small display. But it’s not a smartphone. Instead it’s an open hardware device aimed at developers and enthusiasts looking for a device they have complete control over. Not only is the software open source, but the Precuror is also powered by an […]

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AMD’s acquisition of Xilinx set to close within days

NVIDIA’s high-profile acquisition of chip designer ARM might have fallen apart this week. But consolidation continues to be a trend in the semiconductor space: AMD has just announced that it’s acquisition of Xilinx is set to close “on or about February 14, 2022.” Update: As expected, the deal closed on Monday, February 14. AMD had announced […]

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Analogue Pocket handheld game system begins shipping December 13

The Analogue Pocket is a $200 handheld game system designed for playing classic games… cartridges and all. First announced more than two years ago, the Pocket was originally supposed to begin shipping to customers earlier this year… but due to global supply chain issues the ship date was pushed back several times. Now the wait […]

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Precursor open mobile hardware device delayed (latest casualty of the chip shortage)

The Precursor is a pocket-sized, open hardware, mobile device that can be programmed for use as a communications gadget or for a range of other applications. And it’s not just the software that’s programmable – the heart of the device is an FPGA that can be configured to emulate various processors. First announced last fall, […]

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Precursor open mobile hardware up for pre-order for $450 and up (crowdfunding)

The Precursor is an phone-sized device with a physical keyboard, a black and white display, and a focus on open hardware and software. Aimed at hardware hackers who want an incredibly customizable mobile development platform, the Precursor has an FPGA instead of a traditional CPU, allowing you to program the chip to emulate different types […]

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Analogue Pocket is a modern handheld game console that plays classic games (cartridges and all)

Want to play some old-school games on a modern device? There’s no shortage of emulators that will let you fire up classic games on a phone. Or you can buy any number of modern handhelds designed to play old games (or maybe build your own). But the Analogue Pocket is something different. The upcoming handheld […]

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NeTV2 open video development board is also a tool in a legal fight against DRM (crowdfunding)

Hardware hacker and bunnie huang’s latest project is an open source video board aimed at developers. It’s called the NeTV2 and it supports 1080p video at 60 Hz, features two HDMI ports, and is powered by an FPGA and 512MB of RAM. The NeTV 2 board also includes PCIe 2.0 x4 connectors, allowing it to […]