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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 […]

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AMD’s Ryzen 4000G chips bring 7nm Zen 2 architecture to desktop PCs

After making a splash in the mobile space this year with its high-performance, energy-efficient AMD Ryzen 4000U and 4000H “Renoir” series processors, AMD is bringing Renoir to desktop computers. The new AMD Ryzen 4000G series chips range from the entry-level 35-watt Ryzen 3 4300GE quad-core processor to the top-of-the-line 65-watt Ryzen 7 4700G oca-core processor. […]

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Intel launches Lakefield hybrid chips for thin and light computers

Intel’s new Lakefield processors are the company’s first hybrid processors that combine higher-performance Intel Core CPU cores with energy-efficient Atom cores. They’re basically Intel’s answer to ARM’s big.LITTLE designs. But Intel goes about things in a somewhat different way by using its new Foveros 3D packaging technology to create a single chip featuring multiple CPU architectures. […]

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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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MediaTek launches Dimensity 820 5G chip for faster mid-range phones

Less than half a year after introducing the Dimensity 800 processor for mid-range 5G smartphones, MediaTek has unveiled a more powerful version called the Dimensity 820. While the basic features are similar, the new chip has faster top speeds, adds an extra graphics processing core, and supports higher-resolution cameras. Among other things, MediaTek says the […]

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Report: Google developing its own processors for Pixel phones and Chromebooks

Google may be planning to take a page out of Apple’s playbook by developing its own custom processors for Google-branded smartphones and laptops. Axios reports that Google “has made significant progress” toward that end, and that we could see Pixel smartphones with Google processors as soon as 2021, with Chromebooks featuring the company’s chips later […]

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MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G processors coming to mid-range smartphones this year

Qualcomm isn’t the only chip maker looking to bring 5G connectivity to mid-range smartphones this year. MediaTek’s new Dimensity 800 5G chipset is an octa-core processor designed for “mid-tier and mass market” phones. MediaTek first teased the new chip a few weeks ago, but now the company is providing more details about what to expect. […]