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Fujitsu Labs unveils ‘zero watt’ monitors and next-generation datacentre cooling

John-Paul Kamath

Datacentres that automatically measure and cool specific hot spots and computer monitors that use zero watts of power in standby mode were among the technologies unveiled by Fujistu Labs at its conference in London.

Dr Kazuo Murano, president of Fujitsu Laboratories, of addressed 150 CEO, CTO and CIO-level guests to give an overview of technologies aimed at reducing the power of consumption of ICT in business.

"ICT use makes up 2% of total global carbon emissions and business. Demands for processing power are increasing and IT managers are beginning to ask how they can be more energy efficient."

Real-time multi-point temperature-measurement technology for energy-efficient datacentre cooling was unveiled. The set-up uses fibre optic cable running through the data centre as sensors to detect hotspots and allows cooling to target specific areas, rather than provide blanket coverage, which uses more electricity.

Also on show was a computer monitor which, when switched to stand by mode, used zero watts of power compared with an average monitor which used six watts in standby mode. See video below:

The quick power-up time out from standby mode would allow IT managers to implement power saving policies such as switching monitors to standby when not in use without annoying staff, said a Fujitsu spokesman.

Data centre pictures

The complete data centre set-up.

Fujitsu datacentre

Fibre optic sensors are connected to panels to sense heat.

Fujitsu datacentre

Fibre optic cables are run through ducts in the data centre which is connected to heat sensors.

Fujitsu datacentre

The display divides data centre space into squares and sends alerts when it gets too hot.

Fujitsu datacentre





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