To address growing concerns about e-waste, Framework designs and manufactures repairable laptops rather than sealed, single-use laptops. It also becomes highly customizable.
The new Framework Laptop 16 comes in two formats: off-the-shelf and DIY. The latter is literally something you build yourself. You can change and upgrade elements independently of the rest of the laptop. This includes replacing the GPU, keyboard, and even choosing ports of your own choosing.
Perhaps the most interesting feature is the port expansion system, allowing users to customize the six slots by choosing from USB-C, USB-A, HDMI, DisplayPort, MicroSD, Ethernet, audio, ultra-fast storage, and more. The latest addition to this system is 180W and 240W USB-C support. This feature is made possible through the integration of Infineon's EZ-PD CCG8 dual/single port USB-C PD controller.
The EZ-PD CCG8 controller offers the latest USB Type-C and power delivery specifications with extended power range (EPR) support. It includes a discrete N-channel field-effect transistor (NFET) gate driver with fault protection and slew rate, and is powered by a 32-bit, 48 MHz Arm Cortex-M0 Plus processor.
This addition will allow users to charge their Laptop 16 faster. Who wouldn't want that?
Nirav Patel, Founder and CEO of Framework, explains: “The EZ-PD CCG8 not only supports the latest USB-PD 3.1 standard, but also enables a unique expansion card system that allows port customization by the end user, allowing for great flexibility. did.”
Framework Laptop 16 is available for pre-order now. Pricing for the DIY Edition starts at $1399, while pre-built versions with a choice of OS start at $1699. For now, it's limited to AMD Ryzen processors and graphics, but that may change in the future.