EPA launches energy spec during Comdex

EPA launches energy spec during Comdex

The Environmental Protection Agency and Intel Corp. used last week's Comdex show in Las Vegas to kick off the IAPC program. "Instantly available PC" is a specification under which PCs consume 15 watts of power while on standby, yet are able to receive communications and reawaken in the state they were in at power-down.

Andrew Fanara, product development manager for EPA's Energy Star program, said that IAPC would enable computer vendors to meet new, lower-power consumption rules the program would impose on agencies.

But, he said, Energy Star won't make IAPC mandatory. Current Energy Star-compliant PCs use about 50 watts while on standby. Steve Whalley of Intel's Corporate Technology Group showed four companies' machines already meeting the IAPC spec: a Compaq EVO D500, Dell Dimension 4300 and OptiPlex GR240, Hewlett-Packard ePC Vectra v1800 and IBM NetVista X series.

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