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VIA subsidiary Centaur launches an x86 octa-core processor with AI co-processor (for servers)

The x86 processor market is largely dominated by Intel and AMD. But at a time when x86 dominance is being challenged by processors based on ARM, RISC-V, or MIPS designs, there are also a few other companies working on x86 processors. Over the past few years, Zhaoxin has been developing x86 processors for use in […]

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Lilbits 327: Will Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 be fast enough?

Qualcomm is working on a new processor designed specifically for Windows tablets and laptops. It’s called the Snapdragon 850 and it’s basically a sibling to the Snapdragon 845 chip that powers the latest high-end Android smartphones, but it’s optimized for larger devices that have more space to help dissipate heat, which could allow the chip […]

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Zhaoxin wants to take on Intel and AMD in desktop space with KX-5000 CPU

Intel pretty much dominates the PC processor space, with AMD nipping at its heels (and attempting to make a comeback in a big way thanks to its new Ryzen line of chips). This year Qualcomm will start to compete in the PC space too, thanks to Windows 10’s support for ARM-based processors. But once upon […]

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VIA Viega is a rugged Android tablet

Chip maker VIA has unveiled a new 10 inch Android tablet with a rugged case. The VIA Viega is IP65 certified for protection against dust and water which means you can use the tablet safely outdoors or other dirty environments — even in the rain. It also has vibration protection to withstand drops of more […]

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Lilbits (2-27-2014): VIA’s Firefox tablet and AMD’s Windows tablet

Chip makers AMD and VIA aren’t in the habit of releasing tablets… but they’ve been known to show off tablets featuring their technology. This week at Mobile World Congress AMD is showcasing a reference design for a 64-bit Windows tablet featuring its upcoming “Mullins” low-power processor. Meanwhile VIA is showing off a reference design for […]

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Mozilla introduces new Firefox OS phone, tablet reference designs

In addition to announcing new Firefox OS devices from partners including ZTE and Alcatel OneTouch, Mozilla is introducing new reference designs for phones and tablets. The new Firefox OS Flame reference design is for a 4.5 inch phone with a dual-core processor. Mozilla is introducing reference designs for 7 and 10 inch tablets — and developers can […]

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Firefox OS expands to TVs, new phones, and other platforms

Firefox OS is a light weight operating system designed to run web apps. Originally designed to run on smartphones, Mozilla is now working with partners to expand the range of devices that run the software. Chip-maker VIA is adding support for Firefox OS to its APC Rock and Paper developer boards, Panasonic is bringing it […]

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VIA launches SpringBoard $100 ARM developer board platform

VIA Technologies has introduced a new hardware platform aimed at folks that want to create Android or Linux powered devices or software. It’s called VIA SpringBoard, and to kick things off, the company is offering a $99 Springboard Kit which is a small ARM-powered board. The VAB-600 Springboard Kit is a Pico-ITX board with an […]

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Lilbits (10-24-2013): if convertible wants to be your phone, tablet, laptop

Tired of carrying a smartphone, tablet, and notebook around? While Asus is trying to simplify things with products like the Asus Padfone that let your phone act as the brains of a tablet, a group called idealfuture has another idea. They’re trying to raise $100,000 through crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build a device called the […]

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VIA APC $79 computer can now run Firefox OS (or Boot 2 Gecko)

Wondering what you can do with one of VIA’s inexpensive APC computer-on-a-board systems? While you could already run Android 4.0 on the little ARM-based system, now the company is offering a preview release of Firefox OS for the $79 APC Rock and $99 APC Paper. At least, VIA says it’s releasing a preview of Firefox […]