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    Anandtech: LG Releases Gram 17 Laptop: An Ultra-Thin Notebook with a 17.3-Inch Displa

    Due to their size and lack of portability, 17-inch notebooks are not exactly popular among road warriors. Instead this is largely the domain of desktop replacement-class machines, which in turn has caused 17-inch laptops to be built bigger still in order to maximize their performance and emphasize the replacement aspect. Every now and then however we see a 17-inch laptop that still tries to be reasonably portable, and this is the case with LG's latest gram laptop, which hit the market this week.
    Equipped with a 17.3-inch screen featuring a 2560×1600 resolution, the LG gram 17 comes in a dark silver Carbon Magnesium alloy chassis that is only 17.8 mm (0.7 inches) thick, which is thinner than most 15-inch notebooks (in fact, this even thinner than the ASUS ZenBook Pro 15). Meanwhile, the laptop weighs 1.33 kilograms (2.95 pounds), which is in line with many 13-inch mobile PCs. As a result, while the 17-inch gram still has a relatively large footprint, its still a relatively portable laptop.
    Moving on to the guts of the unique laptop, the LG gram 17 is based on Intel’s quad-core Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake-U) processor with the company’s UHD Graphics 620 iGPU, and is paired with 16 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM as well as 512 GB SATA SSD. Unlike the vast majority of 17-inch notebooks, the LG gram 17 does not have a discrete GPU, which will be missed by gamers and performance enthusiasts, but the removal of which helps keep weight and power consumption down for road warriors.

    When it comes to connectivity, the LG gram 17 has a 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C connector that can be used for charging (there is a special power connector too), an HDMI output, a microSD slot, and a TRRS jack for headsets. The notebook is also outfitted with a webcam featuring an IR sensor for Windows Hello as well as a fingerprint reader, thus offering two ways of biometric authentication.
    Specifications of the LG gram 17
    17Z990-R.AAS8U1
    different products will offer different configs
    LCD Diagonal 17.3"
    Resolution | Brightness | Features 2560×1600
    Wide viewing angles
    Color Gamut 100% sRGB (?)
    Touch Support ?
    Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass NBT (?)
    CPU Core i7-8565U (4C/8T, 8MB, 1.8/4.6 GHz)
    Graphics UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
    RAM 16 GB DDR4-2400 (onboard)
    Storage 512 GB SATA SSD
    Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, NFC, and GPS options I802.11ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
    USB Type-A 3 × USB 3.0
    Type-C 1
    × USB 3.1 Gen 1
    Thunderbolt -
    Card Reader microSD
    Camera Front Webcam with IR sensors
    Fingerprint Sensor Yes
    Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack
    Other Sensors ?
    Battery 4-cell, up to 19.5 hours
    Dimensions Width 38.1 cm | 15 inches
    Depth 26.67 cm | 10.5 inches
    Thickness 1.778 cm | 0.7 inches
    Weight 1.33 kilograms | 2.95 pounds
    Launch Price Starting at $1,699
    One of the key features of this year’s LG gram laptops is a high-capacity battery, which in the case of the 13.3 – 15.6-inch models allows up to 22.5 hours on one charge. LG does not disclose capacity of the battery it uses for the LG gram 17, but only says that the machine can operate for up to 19.5 hours on a charge.


    LG’s gram 17 notebook is currently available from BestBuy for $1,699, which looks like a rather competitive price for a laptop that weighs like a 13-inch machine, yet features a 17-inch display panel.
    Buy the LG Gram 17 at Best Buy

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    Anandtech: Intel: EUV-Enabled 7nm Process Tech is on Track

    Originally planned to enter mass production in the second half of 2016, Intel’s 10nm process technology is still barely used by the company today. Currently the process is used to produce just a handful of CPUs, ahead of an expected ramp to high-volume manufacturing (HVM) only later in 2019. Without a doubt, Intel suffered delays on its 10nm process by several years, significantly impacting the company's product lineup and its business.
    Now, as it turns out, Intel’s 10nm may be a short-living node as the company’s 7nm tech is on-track for introduction in accordance with its original schedule.
    For a number of times Intel said that it set too aggressive scaling/transistor density targets for its 10nm fabrication process, which is why its development ran into problems. Intel’s 10nm manufacturing tech relies exclusively on deep ultraviolet lithography (DUVL) with lasers operating on a 193 nm wavelength. To enable the fine feature sizes that Intel set out to achieve on 10nm, the process had to make heavy usage of mutli-patterning. According to Intel, a problem of the process was precisely its heavy usage of multipatterning (quad-patterning to be more exact).
    By contrast, Intel’s 7nm production tech will use extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL) with laser wavelength of 13.5 nm for select layers, reducing use of multipatterning for certain metal layers and therefore simplifying production and shortening cycle times. As it appears, the 7nm fabrication process had been in development separately from the 10nm tech and by a different team. As a result, its development is well underway and is projected to enter HVM in accordance with Intel’s unannounced roadmap, the company says.
    Murthy Renduchintala, chief engineering officer and president of technology, systems architecture and client group at Intel is quoted to have said at the Nasdaq's 39th Investor Conference:
    “7nm for us is a separate team and largely a separate effort,”
    “We are quite pleased with our progress on 7nm. In fact, very pleased with our progress on 7m. I think that we have taken a lot of lessons out of the 10nm experience as we defined that and defined a different optimization point between transistor density, power and performance and schedule predictability. […] So, we are very, very focused on getting 7nm out according to our original internal plans.”
    The Intel exec reaffirmed the company plans to start HVM production of client CPUs using its 10nm process technology in 2019, with datacenter products following on a bit later. That said, Intel is clearly not skipping any of its already announced 10nm products, but implies that its 7nm products may hit the market earlier than we might expect today (i.e., four years after the 10nm).
    “One thing I will say is that as you look at 7nm, for us this is really now a point in time where we will get EUV back into the manufacturing matrix, and therefore, I think, that will give us a degree of back to the traditional Moore’s Law cadence that we were really talking about,”

    “[With 7nm] we are going back to more like a 2X scaling factor […] and then really moving forward with that goal.”
    Intel has never disclosed characteristics of its 7nm fabrication tech, but a major reduction of multi-patterning usage as well as a more traditional 2X scaling goal vs. 10nm indicates a more extensive usage of EUVL.
    According to ASML, one EUV layer requires one EUV step-and-scan system for every ~45,000 wafer starts per month. Therefore, if Intel plans to use EUVL extensively for 10 to 20 layers, it will require approximately 20 to 40 EUVL scanners for a fab with a 100,000 wafer starts per month capacity. Considering that Intel is not the only company with plans to use EUVL in the 2020s, getting the number of EUVL scanners it might need for HVM at multiple fabs may be a challenge.
    Meanwhile, so far Intel has announced plans for only one 7nm fab: the Fab 42 in Arizona. In addition, the company is going to have some 7nm-capable capacity at its D1 facility used for development and trials (among other things).
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    Sources: Intel, SeekingAlpha
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    Anandtech: Snapdragon 855 Power Consumption Demo, But

    One of the interesting demos for the newly announced Snapdragon 855 SoC here at Qualcomm’s Tech Summit was to do with power. In a dedicated area, Qualcomm had set up two pairs of devices, with Snapdragon 855 and 845 chips inside, and had images of power on two big displays designed to show the generational gain of the new chip that has been promised with more performance on a smaller process node.


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    Anandtech: Qualcomm Tech Summit, Day 3 Live Blog (Starts at 2pm ET)

    The final keynote of Qualcomm's Tech Summit is set to be about the company's Always Connected PCs.


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    Anandtech: Spotted: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Wafer on 7nm

    Alongside the announcement of the new 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor for the company’s line of next generation premium tier Always Connected PCs, in the demo room today we saw a wafer of chips built on TSMC’s 7nm.


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    Anandtech: Qualcomm Tech Summit, Day 3: Snapdragon 8cx, the New ACPC SoC

    For the final day of Qualcomm’s 3rd Annual Tech Summit, the focus is on its Always Connected PC (ACPC) platform. This is Qualcomm’s attempt to bring mobile processors to standard laptops by enabling Windows on Snapdragon devices. So far we have seen two generations of processors, both based on the preceding mobile chip for flexibility. Now Qualcomm has announced that the ACPC market will get its own dedicated chip, called the Snapdragon 8cx. Here’s what we know.

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    Anandtech: Microsoft Announces Move to Chromium For The Edge Browser

    Today Microsoft has officially announced it is going to abandon its EdgeHTML and Chakra scripting engines, and move to Chromium for their first-party web browser, Microsoft Edge. This is big news for the company that once dominated the web browsing market. There’s a lot of reasons for this change, and the move is a good one, but it’s also a little sad for the web as a whole.
    Despite being the built-in browser on Windows 10, which is installed on around 700 million active devices, Edge owns just a tiny fraction of the desktop browsing market. Google Chrome is far and away the leader here, and with Google’s relentless update schedule, there is no indication of this reversing anytime soon. I recall when Google Chrome was first launched, and wondered if the world really needed yet another browser, and clearly the answer was no. The only thing was the no was not for Chrome.
    With such a small share of the market, and Edge only available on Windows 10, developers would often never even see if a website worked on Edge or not. Even though Edge was the most standards compliant browser Microsoft ever shipped, that still was not enough for a perfect web experience on every site. If users ran into an issue, they would just move to Chrome even if they had given Edge a chance.
    The move to Chromium as the underpinnings of Edge should improve the situation quite a bit. As well, Microsoft will be releasing versions of Edge based on Chromium for Windows 7, Windows 8, and even macOS, in addition to Windows 10. This should help developers who use those platforms test Edge if they need to.
    In addition, Edge has been powered by Chromium on Android already, so the team is at least somewhat familiar with what it can do.
    Goodbye EdgeHTML - we hardly knew you
    Microsoft is has been heavily involved in open-sourcing its own software lately, and with Edge it will now join the Chromium community with their own contributions. Microsoft has committed to still advancing web standards, and bringing the current advantages from Edge over to Chromium, such as the accessibility and security features. By embracing Chromium, they will be having a much larger impact on the web than they ever could have maintaining their own code, so it should be a win for people who never even use Edge.
    It’s sad that the web has evolved into this, and although you can’t really compare the world of IE6 to today, there are similarities there that can’t be forgotten, but for Microsoft and its users, this is a good move, and we look forward to seeing how the project evolves.
    Source: Microsoft Edge on Github


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    Anandtech: Toshiba Launches 12 TB and 14 TB HDDs for Desktops and NAS

    Toshiba on Thursday said that its latest and largest hard drives for high-end desktops and NASes will be available later this month in the US. The new N300 and X300-series HDDs will offer not only increased capacities, but also provide improved performance.
    Available in 12 TB and 14 TB capacities, Toshiba’s latest N300 and X300-series helium-filled hard drives are built around 1.56 TB PMR platters from Showa Denko, with the drives incorporating up to 9 of the platters. The drives generally resemble Toshiba’s enterprise-grade MG07-series HDDs introduced last year: they feature a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a 256 MB cache buffer, and a SATA 6 Gbps interface. As for performance, Toshiba has rated the maximum sustained data transfer speeds for the drives at 260 MB/s for 14 TB models and 253 MB/s for 12 TB SKUs. Power wise, expect the HDDs to consume around 9W.
    It is particularly noteworthy that both HDDs feature top and bottom attached motors to minimize vibrations (Toshiba calls the feature Stable Platter Technology). Meanwhile, being aimed at different kinds of applications, the new HDDs are not just rebadged MG07 products. Toshiba’s N300-series 12 TB and 14 TB hard drives for NAS (aka MN07-series) with up to 8 bays are outfitted with rotational vibration (RV) sensors to ensure consistent performance in vibrating multi-drive environments. By contrast, desktop-oriented X300-seires 12 TB and 14 TB HDDs do not have RV sensors since modern desktops hardly use multiple hard drives. Meanwhile, neither of the new HDDs are equipped with environmental sensors, persistent write cache (PWC) with power loss protection (PLP) technology, or other enterprise-grade features.
    When it comes to rated workloads and durability, Toshiba’s N300 drives are rated for 24/7 operation, up to 180 TB per year workloads and 1 million-hour MTTF. The X300 HDDs are not officially designed for 24/7 operation, but it still features improved reliability courtesy of its Stable Platter tech and the enterprise nature of the platform. All the new drives will be covered by a three-year limited warranty.
    Toshiba’s new N300 and X300-series HDDs will be generally available in the US later this month. We reached out Toshiba for exact MSRPs and will update the story once we obtain the information from the company.
    Buy Toshiba Enterprise Capacity 14 TB 512e HDD on Amazon.com
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    Anandtech: The Seagate BarraCuda (500GB) SSD Review: Getting Back In The Game

    Seagate has been one of the top names in the storage industry for decades, but it's almost exclusively for their hard drives. The company has been largely absent from the consumer SSD market, and their enterprise SSDs have never particularly stood out above the competition. By comparison, rival Western Digital managed to acquire SanDisk and with it a 50% stake in one of the largest NAND flash manufacturers. Seagate's acquisitions have been less fruitful: they bought controller designer SandForce right around when SandForce drives disappeared from the market for good. Since then, Seagate has had to buy controllers and NAND on the open market and provide product differentiation through firmware or by integrating their drives into storage appliances.
    But, after over five years since we last reviewed a Seagate consumer SSD, Seagate is bacl. Earlier this year the company re-entered the consumer SSD market with their BarraCuda SATA SSD, and today we're taking a look at it. Seagate's new drive adopts Toshiba's 3D TLC NAND, but is held back by the outdated Phison S10 controller.


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    Anandtech: SilverStone Shrinks Depth of Strider Platinum PTS PSUs: 1.2kW at 140mm

    SilverStone this week introduced a duo of short-depth high-wattage PSUs. The founding members of the new Strider Platinum PTS family, the just-launched 1000W and 1200W power supplies are only 5.5 inches (140 mm) deep, which will allow system makers and DIY enthusiasts to build high-powered systems using more compact cases.
    While no-compromise high-end desktops continue to be formidably big (with some of them capable of integrating two motherboards), there are a lot of people who prefer smaller HEDTs. Motherboard makers release enthusiast-class Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX platforms supporting rather rich expansion capabilities, so there is demand for smaller high-end PSUs and chassis. SilverStone was among the first makers of power supplies to offer high-wattage Mini-ITX PSUs, and last year it released a relatively short 1.5 kW ATX PSU. This week the company is making another step towards miniaturization of high-wattage PSUs and launched its 140-mm deep Strider Platinum PTS power supplies.
    The SilverStone Strider Platinum PTS family – not to be confused with the Strider Platinum PT family – are ATX12V V2.4-compliant PSUs specifically designed for their shorter depth, with SilverStone offering 1000 W and 1200 W models. The power supplies conform to the 80 Plus Platinum requirements, so they are they are mandated to be 89% - 94% efficient under a 50% or 100% load as well as 90% - 92% efficient under a 20% load. The latter enables to take advantage of energy efficiency of modern PC hardware even with high-wattage PSU. Meanwhile, like other modern power supplies, the PSUs are outfitted with over current, over power, over/under voltage, over temperature, and short circuit protection technologies.
    SilverStone’s “small” (or short, depending how you put it) Strider Platinum PTS 1000 W and 1200 W PSUs feature a single +12 V rail design with a strict ±3% voltage regulation as well as low ripple and noise. The power supplies are outfitted with a 120-mm hybrid ceramic bearing (HYB) fan that spins at 1000 RPM (at 18 dBA) when the load is 50% or below and spins up to 1800 RPM when the load gets higher. As an added bonus, SilverStone bundles its FF122 magnetized fan filter with its new power supplies.
    Like many advanced PSUs nowadays, the SilverStone Strider Platinum PTS 1 kW and 1.2 kW power supplies feature a modular design and come with two EPS12V connectors to enable compatibility with 2P server/workstations platforms, as well as with modern HEDT motherboards such as those based on AMD’s X399 'Threadripper' and Intel’s X299 'Skylake-X' platforms. As for other of connectors, the new Strider Platinum PTS PSUs feature eight 6+2-pin (8-pin) PCIe auxiliary power plugs for graphics cards (just in case you run four AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 boards), eight SATA power connectors, six Molex power outputs, and two FDD plugs. Traditionally for taday, all cables are flat to ensure greater flexibility.
    SilverStone Strider PTS Series Output Specifications
    SST-ST1000-PTS SST-ST1200-PTS
    Rated Combined Rated Combined
    +3.3V 25 A 82.5 W 25 A 82.5 W
    +5V 22 A 110 W 22 A 110 W
    +12V 83 A 996 W 100 A 1200 W
    -12V 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W
    +5Vsb 3 A 15 W 3 A 15 W
    Total Power 1000 W 1200 W
    SilverStone will make the Strider Platinum PTS 1 kW and 1.2 kW power supplies available in the coming weeks. The 1000 W model will cost $210, whereas the 1200 W SKU will be priced at $240.

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