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Lilbits: AMD’s 3D V-Cache arrives, the hackers keeping iPods alive, and a mobile OS that picks up where Firefox OS left off

The first chips featuring AMD’s new 3D V-Cache technology have arrived… for servers. AMD says its new EPYC 7003 Milan-X chips have up to three times as much L3 cache as previous-gen processors. And the same technology is coming soon to desktop processors, starting with the Ryzen 7 5800X3D processor which should arrive in about […]

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Imagination introduces Catapult line of RISC-V processors

Chip designer Imagination Technologies is making the move to RISC-V architecture with the introduction of the new Catapult processor family which will cover chips ranging from energy-efficient microcontrollers to high-performance application processors. The first chips are already shipping, with more expected to come next year. Imagination is probably best known for its PowerVR graphics processors […]

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Imagination plans return to the CPU market with RISC-V chips

Imagination Technologies is a company that’s probably best known for making PowerVR graphics processors, especially since selling off its MIPS processor division a few years ago. But now Imagination has announced plans to return to the CPU market. This time the company plans to design chips based on RISC-V architecture. RISC-V is an open instruction […]

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Lilbits: LG’s big, light laptops leaked, and the HTC HD2 gets new life (again)

There are plenty of thin and light laptops on the market these days. But for years it’s been hard to beat the LG Gram lineup if you want really lightweight notebooks with big displays. The current lineup includes a 17 inch notebook that weighs less than 3 pounds, a 2.5 pound model with a 15.6 […]

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Imagination IMG B-Series promises better performance and lower power consumption

Less than a year after introducing its IMG A-Series graphics processors, Imagination Technologies is moving up the alphabet with a new IMG B-Series GPU that the company says delivers up to 6 TFLOPS of compute performance. Overall the company says the new GPU designs also use up to 30 percent less power than their predecessors. While […]

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Apple signs new deal to keep licensing GPU designs from Imagination Technologies

Apple started developing graphics processors for iPhones and iPads in-house a few years ago, which came as a blow to Imagination Technologies, the company that had been designing the PowerVR GPUs Apple had been using up until then. Imagination’s stock price plummeted, the company put itself up for sale, wound up splitting itself into two […]

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Imagination launches IMG A-Series GPUs for mobile devices and much more

Up until a few years ago, Apple’s iPhone and iPad chips used PowerVR graphics licensed from Imagination Technologies. But in 2017 Apple decided to start designing its own GPUs in-house, Imagination put itself up for sale, divided into two companies and sold both off. Imagination didn’t stop designing chips though — and now the company […]

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Imagination Technologies finds a buyer (two actually)

This summer UK-based Imagination Technologies announced that it was putting itself up for sale after losing one of its biggest customers when Apple decided to start designing graphics technologies for its iPhones and iPads in-house. Now it looks like Imagination is splitting its assets with a California-based investment group called Tallwood acquiring Imagination’s MIPS CPU design […]

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Want to buy a chip designer? Imagination is up for sale after losing Apple deal

Imagination Technologies is a British company that’s responsible for a wide range of chip designs including MIPS processors and PowerVR graphics. In recent years, it’s the company’s graphics solutions that’s taken the spotlight, as Imagination has provided the graphics technology for every Apple iPhone released to date. But earlier this year Apple announced it will […]

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Apple to develop iPhone, iPad graphics processors in-house, will drop Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies is the company behind the PowerVR graphics used in iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs. While Imagination has other customers, Apple is the biggest… and Apple has indicated it will stop licensing tech from Imagination, which may explain why Imagination’s stock price is down more than 60 percent today. Imagination says Apple has notified the […]

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MIPS Creator Ci40 dev board hits Kickstarter for $53 and up

The MIPS Creator Ci40 is a single-board computer for developers working on projects involving Internet of Things applications and low-power MIPS processors. Imagination Technologies unveiled the board in October, and now the company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to bring the Ci40 to market. You can reserve a board with a pledge […]