Intel enhances PC power-saving technology

Intel enhances PC power-saving technology

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

OCT. 24 -The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday said Intel Corp. has bettered the agency's latest Energy Star standard, cutting PC power consumption to as little as 3 watts while in sleep mode. EPA's latest revision to the standard, made in July, cut the allowable power draw for a PC in sleep mode from 30 watts to 15 watts.

The Energy Star standard for electrical devices and buildings, first established in 1993, aims to reduce energy consumption under a labeling program. Intel will receive EPA's Climate Protection Award for its Instantly Available PC (IAPC) technology next week in Washington. A list of all the award winners appears at

Computers with IAPC built in will go into sleep mode when not in use and be able to resume full operation within 10 seconds, without losing network connections -something that has been impossible with previous power management schemes. Most PC makers will soon ship their systems with IAPC enabled.

A PC with IAPC could consume as much as 71 percent less energy than a PC without a power management system, EPA said.

Some industry analysts estimate that Internet devices now consume 13 percent of the electrical power produced in the United States. Always-on server operation has contributed to the rapid rise of power consumption.

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