IBM claims 10% power saving

IBM claims it has developed a chip design that will slash power consumption by 10% of the current rate, writes Eric Doyle.

IBM claims it has developed a chip design that will slash power consumption by 10% of the current rate, writes Eric Doyle.

The design has resulted from an initiative to improve energy efficiency across all IBM's hardware and software products. This is not just a reaction to the power cuts that plagued California earlier this year but a search to address the growing problem of heat dissipation in IT installations.

Mark Dean, vice-president of systems research at IBM, explained, "The demand for increasingly powerful systems is driving up the amount of heat within many new products."

IBM has also set up a consulting practice to assess customer installations and advise on ways to reduce energy consumption. It will be backed by the power-cutting research of IBM's labs in Texas where it is evaluating servers, storage systems, PCs and notebooks to see where efficiencies can be made.

IBM plans to substantiate its 10% saving claim when it reveals details at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose on 15-18 October.

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