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SiFive Performance P650 RISC-V processor revealed as a challenger to ARM Cortex-A77

At the RISC-V Summit in California today, chip designer SiFive revealed its new Performance P650 processor. According to SiFive its latest offering is 50% more powerful than the Performance P550, which was just launched in June. The 64-bit Performance P650 utilizes the same “thirteen-stage, triple-issue, out-of-order pipeline” as the P550. Instruction-issue width has been increased […]

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Qualcomm launches 3rd-gen Snapdragon 8cx and Snapdragon 7c+ chips for laptops & tablets

Qualcomm has been making chips for Windows laptops and PCs for a few years, but up until now they’ve only been used in a handful of devices and they’ve been relatively uncompetitive with the latest Intel and AMD processors in terms of price and performance. That could be set to change next year, because Qualcomm […]

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Intel launches 12th-gen Alder Lake chips for desktops (up to 16-cores, 24-threads)

Intel’s first 12th-gen processors based on Alder Lake architecture are available starting today and, as expected, the biggest difference between the new chips and most of Intel’s previous-gen processors is the ability to combine two different types of CPU cores to provide a mix of high-performance and energy-efficient cores. For example, the new top-of-the-line Intel […]

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AMD 4700S Desktop Kit is a mini PC with an Xbox Series X-like processor

The AMD 4700S 8-Core Processor Desktop Kit is a compact desktop computer motherboard paired with a previously unannounced processor called the AMD 4700S. It’s a processor with 8-core, 16-thread processor with CPU cores based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture and no integrated graphics. Signs point to the chip being a version of the custom processor AMD […]

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Open source XiangShan RISC-V processor could eventually challenge ARM Cotex-A76

At this year’s RISC-V World Conference China, a team of more than two dozen students and professors from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) have unveiled the XiangShan processor that promises big performance gains over current RISC-V options. XiangShan has been developed as an open source project with a BSD-like Mulan PSL v2 license. Since […]

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Intel introduces Tiger Lake-H chips for higher-performance gaming laptops and mobile workstations

Intel is expanding its 11th-gen Core processor lineup with a new line of 45-watt chips designed for gaming laptops and mobile workstations. The new Intel Tiger Lake-H processors are 10nm chips with 6 to 8 CPU cores, support for turbo boost speeds as high as 5 GHz, and built-in support for technologies including Thunderbolt 4, […]

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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 […]

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Moto E6i is a budget Android Go phone with a Unisoc processor

Most recent Android smartphones ship with processors from Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung, or Huawei. But over the past few years we’ve seen chips from a new player called Unisoc show up in a handful of smartphones from Hisense, HMD, and other companies. Now Motorola is launching a budget phone with a Unisoc Tiger SC9863A processor. The […]

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Intel launches 11th-gen Core H35 chips for gaming laptops

Intel’s 11th-gen Core “Tiger Lake” processors have delivered on their promise by offering a big boost in graphics performance, a more modest (but still significant) bump in CPU performance, and new features including support for Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6. But so far Intel has only released Tiger Lake Y and U-series chips aimed at […]

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Report: Microsoft designing custom ARM chips for servers (and maybe Surface devices)

Apple has been making its own iPhone and iPad chips for years, but the company recently started shipping laptops that use Apple Silicon rather than Intel processors. And it sounds like Microsoft is considering doing the same thing. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is designing its own ARM-based chips for servers, and “exploring using another chip […]

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Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon 888 chip with next-gen AI, 5G, and graphics

Qualcomm’s next flagship processor will be the Snapdragon 888 system-on-a-chip (SoC), a processor featuring Qualcomm’s 6th-gen AI engine, next-gen Adreno graphics, and a Snapdragon X60 5G modem. This time the modem is integrated into the SoC, something Qualcomm hadn’t managed to do with its Snapdragon 865 processor, which device makers were required to bundle with […]