With strong laptop demand and the gradual resolution of a shortage of components such as controller chips, the shipment of laptop panels hit an all-time high last quarter. In total, 72.27 million units were shipped from July to September, which is 7.1% more than in the second quarter. Such data were published by the analytical company TrendForce.
According to TrendForce, the explosive growth in notebook sales, driven by the shift to remote work and training, is gradually slowing down, which leads to a decrease in demand for certain types of panels. In particular, this applies to consumer laptops and Chromebooks. Falling demand for Chromebooks led to the fact that sales of the 11.6-inch panels, which are most often used in Chromebooks, fell 28.3% in the third quarter from the second, to 10.88 million units. Shipments of such panels are expected to continue to decline in the current quarter.
However, demand in the commercial segment remains strong, with suppliers quickly shifting their focus to 14 “and 15.6” panels. As a result, panels of these sizes were shipped 46.45 million units during the quarter, up 20.2% from the previous quarter.
At the moment, TrendForce predicts that 71.15 million laptop panels will be shipped in the fourth quarter, and 278.1 million units for the whole of 2021, which is 23.2% more than last year. About 279 million laptop panels are projected to ship in 2022, an almost complete halt in supply growth.
This is the world’s lightest 16-inch laptop. It is equipped with an OLED screen and weighs only 1.1 kg
Acer has launched the world’s lightest 16-inch laptop. Acer Swift Edge was shown a couple of months ago, but now it has become known that the novelty has appeared on sale at a price of $ 1,500.
Acer Swift Edge really impresses with its weight. With a 16-inch screen, the laptop weighs only 1.1 kg! This is not much even for 13-inch models, let alone 16-inch models.
To achieve such a mass, Acer came out, including through the use of an aluminum-magnesium alloy and not the largest battery. It here has a capacity of 54 Wh, which is quite small for a 16-inch model. But this supposedly should be enough for 10 hours of work, according to Acer itself.
But low weight is not all that a laptop can please. First, it also has a 4K UHD OLED screen. Secondly, the Ryzen 6000U processors serve as the heart, which are not only very productive, but also offer very powerful iGPUs.
From the rest, you can note RAM up to 32 GB, SSD up to 1 TB, a pair of USB-C 3.2 Gen2 ports with support for DisplayPort and USB Power Delivery, HDMI 2.1, two USB 3.2 connectors, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2.
For those same $ 1,500, a far from the most basic version with a Ryzen 7 6800U, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD is already available. That is, modifications with the Ryzen 5 6600U will be even cheaper, but there are no prices yet.
Linux has become dangerous – one of the cores of the system can physically disable the laptop display, although not on all models
The Linux kernel 6.0 was recently released and version 6.1 is scheduled to be released soon. However, many users have not switched to it yet. And, as it turned out, one of the old kernels has a problem that affects the video subsystem. It can physically damage the display. This concerns the Linux kernel 5.19.12, but in version 5.19.13 the problem was solved.
The failure only affected laptops with Intel processors that were running a distribution based on the Linux 5.19.12 kernel. The problem seemed to be related to the Intel graphics driver, which caused the display to flash rapidly in white. One of the engineers who is involved in the development of the core of the system explained that it was an incorrect delay in powering up the LCD panel. Because of this, the display could fail, because it is simply not designed to work in this mode for a long time.
It is noted that the problem manifested itself on laptops, where the screens were directly connected to the integrated video core. It was also relevant for models with Nvidia Optimus and some models with Radeon graphics (if available).
It is noted that laptops with AMD processors, conventional and hybrid, are not affected by this problem. Also, the developers advised not to install the “problem” update for those who have not had time to update.
And earlier it became known about a new problem with Windows 11 22H2.
World’s first laptop with RISC-V processor goes on sale It costs $1,500
The ROMA laptop, the world’s first portable computer based on the RISC-V processor, which was introduced last summer, appeared on Alibaba’s Chinese site. This model is priced at $1499.
At the moment, the manufacturer plans to ship about 100 units by the end of the year, and up to 1,000 more in the first quarter of 2023. At the same time, to purchase, you need to contact the supplier directly, clarify the price and specifications before placing an order.
The laptop itself is the result of a partnership between China’s DeepComputing and Xcalibyte. It is built on the Alibaba T-Head TH1520 processor with four 64-bit Xuantie C910 cores, which operate at a frequency of 2.5 GHz. It also has a neural processor with a performance of up to 4 TOPS and an Imagination graphics chip.
The laptop is equipped with a 14.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of permanent memory. Other features include a backlit keyboard, SD card reader, HDMI, USB-C, USB-A and Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth adapters, and a 1080p webcam.
For now, such a system will be of interest only to enthusiasts and developers, but this is the first mass alternative to x86 and Arm processors that has appeared on the market.
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