Intel says wake up PCs before the earth go-goes

15 Aug 2008

Remote Wake technology deployed by Intel and a number of partners will allow users’ PCs to ‘wake up’ from hibernation for them to take phone calls and watch favourite TV shows, at the same time as helping to save the environment.

To reduce consumer energy consumption, a handful of tech companies are revealing plans to support a powerful new capability Intel is adding to select versions of its motherboard products.

The technology enables the home PC to ‘wake up’ for incoming voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calls, and remote media access to photos, videos and music over the internet.

Using the Remote Wake technology, CyberLink Live Premium allows users to wake up their home PCs from sleep mode for secure remote access of their digital media, such as live TV shows, webcam feeds, videos, photos, music and business documents, whilst keeping the PC at home energy efficient.

“This technological collaboration enables users to reduce wasted energy, while still being able to conveniently access all their files even when on-the-go,” Alice Chang, CEO of CyberLink explained.

Pando Networks, a provider of commercial peer to peer (P2P) content delivery services, announced the world’s first content delivery service to make use of the new Remote Wake technology.

This enhancement makes the personal computer an always available and energy efficient extension to content distribution networks.

The combination of Pando Networks secure content delivery services with Remote Wake will offer content providers and consumers more choice in how they can access, purchase, and download digital media content to the home PC, even when consumers are not at home.

Internet telephony provider JAJAH is using the Remote Wake technology to enable the PC to both make and receive high-quality, low-cost phone calls.

“Intel and JAJAH have a common objective to deploy technology building blocks that deliver a richer communication experience for consumers,” said Joe Van De Water, director of consumer product marketing for Intel.

“The combination of our technologies enables added convenience and energy efficiency for consumers who want the PC to be a genuine two-way communication platform for their IP-based telephony services,” De Water said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years