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Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7

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Panasonic Releases Its First Thunderbolt 3 PC with the Let's Note CF-SV7

In a very competitive environment, somehow Panasonic has managed to be successful in dominating a niche of notebook PC's known for lightness and portability which is especially valued in Japan and heavy duty professional use with its Toughbook brand.

In Japan, Panasonic's 'Let's Note' brand still remains popular and is known for its iconic round trackpad design and feather weight lightness which is handy in a country that uses a lot of of public transportation.

Unlike other PC brands, Panasonic has been slower to adopt Thunderbolt technology but that has changed with the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7, the first Let's Note model to adopt Thunderbolt 3.

We purchased the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 at Bic's Camera in Shin-Yokohama, Japan which had a mini display area promoting Thunderbolt 3 technology.

Although not cheap, the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 is unique among other Thunderbolt 3 notebook's which tend to focus on a sleek form factor with just USB Type-C ports or heavy-duty large gaming PC designs. The Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 combines a feeling of total weightlessness with every single interface that you can want for your PC. If you want to avoid using USB Type-C adapters but still have portability and all popular PC interfaces at your fingertips, the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 is a great choice.

The Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 comes with documentation and a traditional 85W non-USB Type-C based AC adapter.

The Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 also comes with a portable battery pack, a feature which has been disappearing as many PC's have adopted a uni-body approach which while sleek, doesn't allow for easily removable battery packs.

The Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 is thicker than many current notebook PC's in the market, but you wouldn't really notice it since it's one of the lightest full featured PC's that you can carry.

The trackpad design doesn't provide a lot of space for two or three finger gestures but you can scroll up and down by tracing your finger around the trackpad's outer circle.

Since the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 is not very wide, it take advantage of the front edge of the PC to add connectivity options.

The front edge has the power button, UHS-II SD card slot (useful for those needing to move a lot of photos and videos quickly from UHS-II SD cards), 3.5mm audio port, and a DVD/CD-ROM player which has become somewhat of an endangered species lately.

On one side of the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7, you have two USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s) Type-A ports, a VGA port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The other side has a AC power port, HDMI 2.0 port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s) Type-A port, Thunderbolt 3 port, and a wireless on/off button to easily get your device into airplane mode. 

The Thunderbolt 3 port further expands the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7's connectivity options by supporting Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s), DisplayPort 1.2, and USB Power Delivery 2.0. You can charge the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 at 60 watts using a USB Power Delivery 2.0 based charger, storage drive, dock, or monitor.

Although the small keyboard keys and trackpad may be hard for people to get used to, the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 is great for anyone that demands extreme portability and the most advanced interfaces available on a PC.

Using the USB Power Delivery Compliance C2 Tester from Granite River Labs to run just a subset of the full USB Power Delivery compliance test suite, we can see that the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 uses fixed PDO's of 2.5 watts (5 volts @ .5 amps) and 15 watts (5 volts @ 3 amps) as well as programmable power of 2.5-10 watts (5-20 volts @ .5 amps) range for charging.

GRL

DUT Information

Manufacturer

Panasonic

Model Number

CF-SV

Serial Number

Comm

Test Information

Date and Time:

20180314_155041

Controller and Instrument Information

Parameter

Value

GRL USB-PD_C2 Serial No.

044.027.044.031.067.

GRL USB-PD Software Version

1.3.3.8

GRL USB-PD Firmware Version

1.3.3.0.7

Board Calibration

Calibration Success.

App Mode

COMMUNICATION_ENGINE_TESTS

Tx Mask

true

Rx Mask

false

RX mask Power selection

Neutral Power

Device Type

DRP

Cable IR drop Imp(R)

0

Product Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

UUT_Device_Type

 

Vendor_Name

Panasonic Corporation

Product_Name

 

Version_Info

 

TID

0x0

Type_C

NONE

SOP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Capable

NONE

SOP_P_Debug_Capable

NONE

SOP_PP_Debug_Capable

NONE

Manufacturer_Info_Supported_Port

 

Manufacturer_Info_VID_Port

 

Manufacturer_Info_PID_Port

 

USB_Comms_Capable

YES

DR_Swap_To_DFP_Supported

YES

DR_Swap_To_UFP_Supported

YES

Externally_Powered

NO

VCONN_Swap_To_On_Supported

NONE

VCONN_Swap_To_Off_Supported

NONE

Responds_To_Discov

NONE

Attempts_Discov

NONE

Chunking_Implemented_SOP

NO

Unchunked_Extended_Messages_Supported

NO

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Src

YES

Accepts_PR_Swap_As_Snk

YES

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Src

NONE

Requests_PR_Swap_As_Snk

NONE

XID

 

Structured_VDM_Version

V1.0

Data_Capable_as_USB_Host

YES

Data_Capable_as_USB_Device

NO

Product_Type_UFP_SOP

 

Product_Type_DFP_SOP

Undefined

Modal_Operation_Supported

YES

Security_Msgs_Supported_SOP

NO

USB_VID

0x4DA

PID

0x2530

bcdDevice

0x1

SVIDs Min

1

SVIDs Max

2

SVID Fixed

-

SVID1SOP

8087

SVID1Modes Min

1

SVID1Modes Max

1

SVID1Modes Fixed

-

SVID1Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

SVID2SOP

FF01

SVID2Modes Min

1

SVID2Modes Max

1

SVID2Modes Fixed

-

SVID2Mode1 Enter Mode

YES

SVID3SOP

8087

SVID3Modes Min

1

SVID3Modes Max

1

SVID3Modes Fixed

-

SVID3Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

SVID4SOP

FF01

SVID4Modes Min

1

SVID4Modes Max

1

SVID4Modes Fixed

-

SVID4Mode1 Enter Mode

YES

SVID5SOP

8087

SVID5Modes Min

1

SVID5Modes Max

1

SVID5Modes Fixed

-

SVID5Mode1 Enter Mode

NO

SVID6SOP

FF01

SVID6Modes Min

1

SVID6Modes Max

1

SVID6Modes Fixed

-

SVID6Mode1 Enter Mode

YES

Power Capabilities

Parameter

GetCapabilities

PD_Power_as_Sink

 

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

YES

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Num_Snk_PDOs

 

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x32(.5A)

Supply Type #2

Variable

Min Voltage #2

0x64(5V)

Max Voltage #2

0x190(20V)

Op Current #2

0x32(.5A)

PD_Power_as_Source

 

Rp Value

 

USB Suspend may be cleared

NO

Send Ping

NONE

No of Source PDOs

 

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Peak Current #1

0x0(A)

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

Max Current #1

0x12C(3A)

PD_Power_as_Sink

 

No_USB_Suspend_May_Be_Set

YES

GiveBack_May_Be_Set

NO

Higher_Capability_Set

NO

Num_Snk_PDOs

 

Supply Type #1

Fixed

Voltage #1

0x64(5V)

OP Current #1

0x32(.5A)

Supply Type #2

Variable

Min Voltage #2

0x64(5V)

Max Voltage #2

0x190(20V)

Op Current #2

0x32(.5A)

Result Summary

Sl No

Test ID

Test Name

Test Result

1

TDA.2.1.1.1

BMC-PHY-TX-EYE

PASS

2

TDA.2.1.1.2

BMC-PHY-TX-BIT

PASS

3

TDA.2.1.2.2

BMC-PHY-RX-INT-REJ

PASS

4

TDA.2.1.2.1

BMC-PHY-RX-BUSIDL

PASS

7

TDA.2.2.1

BMC-PROT-SEQ-GETCAPS

PASS

10

TDA.2.2.5

BMC-PROT-DISCOV

PASS

12

TDA.2.2.7

BMC-PROT-BIST-NOT-5V-SRC

PASS

19

TDB.2.2.9

BMC-PROT-GSC-REC

PASS

BMC Eye Diagram


Eye Diagram

Here we can see in the following load screenshot captured from the GRL-USB-PD C2 Compliance Test Solution App that the Panasonic Let's Note CF-SV7 supports charging using different voltage and current levels.

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