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Lilbits: Intel Arc graphics, stretchable display tech, and the resurgence of music CD sales

Intel’s integrated graphics technology has gotten pretty good in recent years, even coming close to giving NVIDIA’s entry-level MX series GPUs a run for their money. But Intel is just getting started – the company also expects to ship 4 million discrete GPUs this year, starting with discrete graphics solutions for laptops like the Acer Swift […]

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Intel invests $1 billion in third-party chip development, joins RISC-V International

Intel is probably best known as a company that designs and produces its own chips. But the company has also been investing heavily in its Intel Foundry Services (IFS) recently in hopes of taking on rivals like TSMC and Samsung by manufacturing chips for other companies. Now Intel has announced a new $1 billion fund […]

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Lilbits: Samsung could merge its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone families, Framework Laptop’s firmware goes open source, and more

Rumors that Samsung would phase out its Galaxy Note line of smartphones have been making the rounds for years. But with recent Samsung phones adding S-Pen support, they’ve been picking up steam. Now Samsung is adding fuel to the fire by hinting that the new Galaxy S22 smartphone expected to launch in February will be […]

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Lilbits: RISC-V chips, foldable phones, troubleshooting OxygenOS, and more

Oppo may be the next company to introduce a foldable phone, and it looks… kind of familiar. Meanwhile, folks who installed the new Android 12 update on the OnePlus 9 may be experiencing issues and there’s a fix… it’s just not an attractive one. And the RISC-V Summit has drawn to a close, but this […]

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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 […]