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Lilbits: Google’s Tensor SoC, RISC-V phones, WSATools, and more

This year’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones are the first to ship with the Google Tensor GS101 processor (the same chip the company is expected to use in the upcoming Pixel 6a). But according to YouTuber, Marques Brownlee claims that Google planned to use the chip in the Pixel 5 last year and canceled the plans only due to global supply chain issues affecting the tech industry.

While I suspect that Google has certainly been planning to develop dedicated chips with a focus on hardware-accelerated AI capabilities for years, there is plenty of evidence that the Pixel 5 will never ship with anything but a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor… although the point is kind of It’s debatable now that the Pixel 6 is here and the Pixel 5 is discontinued (although the Pixel 5a is still available for purchase).

Here’s a roundup of the latest technology news from around the web.

Why we doubt Google planned to release the Pixel 5 with Tensor [9to5Google]

There is a rumor that Google wanted to ship the Pixel 5 with a Tensor chip instead of the Snapdragon 765, but it changed plans at the last minute due to supply chain issues. This seems unlikely, since Google was testing the Pixel 5 with SD765 in mid-2019.

Microsoft offers free Windows 11 Enterprise virtual machine for download [ZDNet]

Microsoft has released Windows 11 Enterprise virtual machine images for VMWare, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, and Parallels. The download is targeted at 20 GB for developers, and includes Windows 11 Enterprise, Win10 SDK, Visual Studio 2019, WSL with Ubuntu, and more.

Let’s talk about WSATools [Simone Franco]

Developer Simone Franco explains why WSATools (a free app for downloading Android apps on the Windows sub-system for Android) has been temporarily removed from the MS Store – because of the way it is submitted and the use of WSA in the name.

The world’s first RISC-V phone may be around the corner [TuxPhones]

Sipeed has started demoing a device equipped with the XuanTie C910 RISC-V processor and a touch screen running Android 10 recently, with the promise that the RISC-V phone could be released soon in 2022.

Mini-ITX Seaberry adds 11 PCIe slots to Raspberry Pi [Jeff Geerling]

The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 bus board adds 11 PCIe slots to the microcomputer including 1 x16 slot, 4 mini PCIe slots, 4 M.2 E-Key slots, 1 M.2 M-key slot (for NVMe storage), 1 x 1 slot .

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