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    Anandtech: Razer’s Blade Pro 17 for eSports: Now with a 240 Hz Display

    Already a big name in the gaming laptop market thanks to its sizable-yet-portable form factor, Razer has announed that they're going to be expanding the range of their flagship Blade Pro 17 laptop even further with another new display option. With an eye towards eSports gamers, who are particularly keen on refresh rates and input latency, Razer is now offering the Blade Pro 17 with a 240 Hz Full-HD display.
    Hitting and maintaining a frame rate of 240 fps requires a lot of graphics horsepower, so Razer is only offering its 240 Hz display option for Blade Pro 17s equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q or GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPUs. Meanwhile, other key components remained intact from other Blade Pro 17 models with a Full-HD LCD. The notebook still uses Intel’s six-core Core i7-9750H processor (2.6 GHz – 4.5 GHz) accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-2667 memory (user upgradeable to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 memory) as well as a 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD (expandable to 2 TB) SSD. Unfortunately, Razer only ships a 1 TB SSD with its 4K Blade Pro 17 model for now.
    Past that, the 240Hz version of the Blade Pro 17 is identical to its siblings, right down to the 70.5 Wh battery and 2.75 kilograms weight. Unfortunately, Razer doesn't provide detailed battery life estimates of its different laptop configurations, so it's unclear whether the 240Hz panel comes with any drawbacks to desktop battery life, or if the real pinch will only be felt when gaming, when the display has reason to go to its maximum refresh rate.
    The Razer Blade Pro 17 General Specifications
    RZ09-02876*92 RZ09-02877*92 ? RZ09-02878*92 ? RZ09-03148*92
    Display Diagonal 17.3"
    Resolution 1920×1080 3840×2160
    Response Time ? ms
    Brightness 300 cd/m² 400 cd/m²
    Refresh Rate 144 Hz 240Hz 144 Hz 240Hz 120 Hz
    Color Gamut sRGB: 100% AdobeRGB 100%
    CPU Intel Core i7-9750H processor:
    2.6 GHz Base
    4.5 GHz Turbo
    12 MB
    RAM 16 GB DDR4-2667
    Upgradeable to 64 GB DDR4-3200
    Graphics RTX 2060
    6 GB GDDR6
    RTX 2070
    8 GB GDDR6
    RTX 2080
    8 GB GDDR6
    Storage 512 GB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
    Spare M.2 slot for PCIe or SATA SSDs
    1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
    Spare M.2 slot
    Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ax Wi-Fi module
    Bluetooth BT 5.0
    General Ports 1 × Thunderbolt 3 for data, display output
    1 × USB 3.12Gen 2 Type-C
    3 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
    1 × HDMI 2.0b
    1 × 2.5 GbE
    Other I/O HD webcam with IR,
    TRRS connector for audio,
    microphone array,
    SD UHS-III card reader
    Dimensions (W × D × H) 395 × 260 × 19.9 mm
    15.55 × 10.24 × 0.78 inches
    Weight 2.75 kg | 6.06 pounds
    Battery 70.5 Wh
    Price $2,499 $2,799
    $2,799 $3,199
    $3,199 $3,699
    Razer’s Blade Pro 17 notebooks with a 240 Hz display are now available to order in the US. The model equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q retails for $2,799, while the version with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q starts at $3,199. These happen to be the same prices as the original 144Hz models, and as a result Razer has also discounted prices on the 144Hz Blade Pro 17 laptops with RTX 2070/RTX 2080 GPUs by $300.
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    Source: Razer (via WindowsCentral)


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    Anandtech: Samsung & TSMC Develop 8nm & 7nm Automotive-Grade Nodes

    As vehicles are getting ‘smarter’ and gaining autopilot capabilities, it is easy to predict that the demand for higher-performing and more complex automotive SoCs will be growing rapidly in the coming years. To produce those SoCs, specialized manufacturing lines will be needed, which is why the two leading contract chip makers, Samsung and TSMC, are working on new nodes and IP aimed precisely at automobiles.
    Samsung Foundry this past week said that in the near future it would introduce a version of its 8 nm process for automotive applications. At present, Samsung has two manufacturing processes that are defined as 8 nm: 8LPP and 8LPU, which are evolved from the company’s 10 nm node. It is likely that the automotive-grade 8 nm will be a further evolution of that technology. Right now, the most advanced nodes that Samsung uses to make chips for automobiles are its 28FDS and 14 nm technologies, so an 8 nm node will be a huge step forward.
    Samsung did not disclose much about its automotive-grade 8 nm process, but the comapny did note that chips for cars have to comply with AEC-Q100 reliability standards, which mandates support for a -40°C to +105°C ambient operating temperature range, as well as a number of qualification reliability tests such as wear-out tests. Furthermore, to win designs with leading auto makers, these chips have to be made in facilities that have an IATF 16969-certified supply chain quality management system, which in short emphasizes defect prevention and variation reduction. Furthermore, any IP being fabbed, as well as development tools and the final devices themselves have to meet various ISO 26262 (aka ASIL) functional safety requirements, both individually and in context of a particular application.
    Meanwhile, over in Taiwan, TSMC’s most advanced automotive-grade process technology today is 16FFC, which is current-generation as far as the automotive market is concerned, as it lags consumer SoC designers by two or three years. Looking towards the near future, TSMC has been developing an automotive-grade version of its N7 (1st Generation 7 nm) technology for quite a while, and expects it to be qualified by 2020. In fact, Synopsys has already developed essential automotive-grade IP for N7 (including DesignWare IP for LPDDR4X, MIPI CSI-2, MIPI D-PHY, and PCIe 4.0 IP), so chip designers are probably already working on new SoCs for vehicles to be made using TSMC’s leading-edge process.
    Finally, while GlobalFoundries no longer develops leading-edge process technologies, it still has numerous nodes that can be used by the automotive industry for years to come, including 22FDX and 12LP. For now, these technologies are good enough for advanced SoCs, but it remains to be seen what the company offers to its clients from the auto industry.
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    Sources: Samsung, TSMC, SemiWiki


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