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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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SiFive says its next RISC-V processor outperforms ARM Cortex-A78

When RISC-V chip designer SiFive introduced its Performance P550 processor in June, the company said it was the highest-performance processor based on RISC-V architecture to date. Now the company is previewing a new processor that SiFive says is 50% faster, allowing the new chip to outperform an ARM Cortex-A78 processor. SiFive’s announcement is a bit […]

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Lilbits: Fixing Windows 11 for PCs with AMD chips, prepping Windows 10 21H2, and Stadia’s future

When Windows 11 began rolling out earlier this month, some folks with PCs powered by AMD Ryzen processors noticed that their systems were running more slowly. Microsoft and AMD promised to deliver software updates that would fix the issue, and now they’re here. In other recent tech news from around the web, it looks like […]

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Lilbits: Amazon’s Echo plans leaked, SiFive HiFive RISC-V dev board benchmarked, and more

Amazon is holding an event on September 28, 2021 when the company is expected to announce new hardware including updates to its Echo line of smart speakers and displays. According to a new report from Bloomberg, some of those devices could be a 15 inch smart display designed to be mounted to a wall and/or […]

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SiFive Performance P550 is the most powerful RISC-V processor to date

Chip designer SiFive has unveiled two new processor cores featuring RISC-V architecture, including the new SiFive Performance P270 and SiFive Performance P550 processor. The company says the latter is the  highest-performance RISC-V processor to date. It’s also the first RISC-V processor core that Intel plans to incorporate into an upcoming chip. Intel says it will […]

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Lilbits: Leaks point to Surface Duo 2, Facebook watch, and a SiFive acquisition (maybe)

Chip designer SiFive is one of the leading companies producing processors based on the RISC-V instruction set, an open standard that’s designed as an alternative to proprietary chip architectures like x86 and ARM. But a new report suggests that several companies including Intel have expressed interest in buying and/or investing in the company, although nothing […]

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HiFive Unmatched RISC-V computer board is now shipping

At first glance, the HiFive Unmatched from SiFive looks like just another mini ITX computer motherboard. But rather than an x86 chip, this system is powered by RISC-V processor. First introduced last fall, the board is aimed at developers rather than the general public, and with a $665 price tag, it’s a lot more expensive […]

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SiFive HiFive Unmatched RISC-V PC: Up for pre-order now, ships in early 2021 following a spec bump

SiFive’s HiFive Unmatched is a computer powered by the company’s Freedom U740 processor, the most powerful RISC-V processor commercially available at the moment. First unveiled in October, the HiFive Unmatched is now up for pre-order for $665 from Crowd Supply and Mouser Electronics. But there are a few changes: instead of shipping with 8GB of […]

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Doctor Who coding toy packs a SiFive RISC-V processor

The BBC Doctor Who HiFive Inventor is a new kit designed to help kids learn how to write code that can control robots or interact with IoT hardware. It’s an interesting little educational platform, but one of the things I find most interesting about the kit is that it’s one of the first consumer-oriented products powered […]

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SiFive’s RISC-V PC coming soon for $665

As promised, SiFive has unveiled a new computer featuring the company’s SiFive FU740 processor based on RISC-V architecture. The company, which has been making RISC-V chips for several years, is positioning its new SiFive HiFive Unmatched computer as a professional development board for those interested in working with RISC-V. But unlike the company’s other HiFive […]

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SiFive plans to unveil the first RISC-V PC in October, along with new RISC-V chips

Now that NVIDIA has announced plans to acquire Arm holdings, it may be a good time for a reminder that ARM and x86 aren’t the only options for chip designs. RISC-V is a free and open instruction set available for anyone to use without paying a royalty fee. While RISC-V isn’t as mature as some […]

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Lilbits: Color E Ink comes at a cost, a high-power Linux laptop, and more

The first eBook reader with color E Ink displays have arrived and they’re… a mixed bag, apparently. Nathan from  The eBook Reader has posted a video comparing the display on the Onyx BOOX Poke2 Color and the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: We already knew that E Ink’s new Kaleido color display technology had some trade-offs: they […]