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 www.energystar.gov/2000awards/2000awards.html.


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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