After standby, PCs wake up where they left off

After standby, PCs wake up where they left off

The Environmental Protection Agency and Intel Corp. used the Comdex
trade show in Las Vegas yesterday to kick off the IAPC program.

The Instantly Available PC specification cuts standby PC power consumption to 15 watts, yet lets communications signals come in and reawakens the PC in the same state it was in when it was powered off.

Andrew Fanara, product development manager for EPA's Energy Star
program, said IAPC would help computer makers meet new, low-power consumption specifications the program would impose. But, he said, Energy Star won't make the IAPC spec mandatory. Current Energy Star-compliant PCs use about 50 watts on standby.

Steve Whalley of Intel's corporate technology group showed four
companies' PCs already meeting the IACP spec: Compaq's Evo D500, Dell's Dimension 4300 and OptiPlex GR240, Hewlett-Packard's ePC Vectra
V1800 and IBM's NetVista X.

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