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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux phone will likely feature NXP i.mx8 processor (if it ships)

It’s starting to look like that Purism Librem 5 smartphone with a GNU/Linux operating system and hardware kill switches for the camera, mic, wireless features might actually happen. While you can often predict the success or failure of a crowdfunding campaign based on its first few days, the Librem 5 project didn’t pick up a […]

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Compulab’s tiny UCM-iMX7 compute module bends over backward to stay small

Compulab makes a line of tiny desktop computers that it sells under the Fit-PC brand, among others. But the company also offers a line of computer-on-modules including solutions with Intel and AMD chips, and tiny models with ARM-based chips from Freescale/NXP. The company’s latest ARM-based module is called the UCM-iMX7 and it features a Cortex-A7 processor, up […]

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Qualcomm to acquire NXP for $47 billion

When chip maker NXP Semiconductors acquired Freescale last year, the goal was to create a combined company worth $40 billion and produce chips for cars, mobile devices, and a wide range of smart, connected devices. Now rival Qualcomm has announced plans to acquire NXP for $47 billion. To put things another way, the second largest […]

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NXP’s 64-bit i.MX8 chips coming in Q1, 2017

After years in development, NXP is finally getting ready to launch its i.MX8 processor family. NXP is the company that acquired Freescale in 2015, and i.MX8 are the 64-bit, ARMv8 chips that Freescale started talking about more than 3 years ago. More information about the new chips started to come out earlier this year, but […]

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NXP/Freescale’s 64-bit i.MX 8 chips are finally coming

It’s been almost three years since chip maker Freescale announced plans to launch its first 64-bit processors. A lot has changed in that time: among other things, Freescale is now owned by NXP. But work on those new chips has been continuing, and now it looks like the first NXP i.MX 8 processors are just […]

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Freescale unveils tiny Single Chip Modules for Internet of Things

Single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi may seem small… but chip maker Freescale figures it can go smaller. The company has unveiled a new product category it calls a Single Chip Module (SCM), which measures just 17mm x 14mm x 17mm (0.67″ x 0.55″ x 0.67″). That makes the 3.4″ x 2.2″ x 0.8″ Raspberry […]

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Chip maker NXP buys Freescale

NXP Seminconductors is buying Freescale Semincoductor in a deal that the company says will create a $40 billion company once the merger is complete. NXP is best known for producing chips used in the automotive industry, but the company also produces NFC chips used in devices like the iPhone 6. Freescale’s processors are used in […]

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Lilbits (10-06-2014): Jeff Bezos is bringing Amazon and Washington Post together

Say you’re the guy who runs the largest retail website in the United States… which also happens to make and sell a line of eReaders and tablets. And say you also happened to buy a major newspaper a little while ago? Maybe you’d find some synergies in an effort to help make the newspaper profitable […]

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SolidRun’s HummingBoard credit card-sized computer launches for $45 and up

SolidRun is now taking orders for its tiny, ARM-powered HummingBoard computer. The system looks a bit like a Raspberry Pi single-board computer, but it has a faster processor and comes in 3 different configurations. The HummingBoard sells for between $45 and $100 and it’s available for pre-order from the SolidRun website. The entry-level HummingBoard-i1 features […]

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Zotac to launch mini PCs with ARM chips, Android or Ubuntu for under $150

Zotac is adding two new computers to its ZBOX Nano lineup. But unlike most of the company’s mini PCs, these won’t feature x86 processors and ship as barebones systems. The new models are powered by ARM chips and will ship with a choice of Android or Ubuntu Linux software. They’re expected to launch in the […]