IBM Power Chips to Get 'No-Power' Sleep Mode

Tuesday Aug 24th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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New technology could further reduce power consumption in the data center.

PCWorld: At the Hot Chips conference, IBM showed off a new "deep sleep" mode that would cut the energy used by its server processors to almost nothing when the processors are idle. Already, Power 7 chips come with three different "sleep" modes: nap, sleep and heavy sleep. The deeper the chip is sleeping, the less power it uses, but the longer it takes to power back up when the processor is active again.

IBM hasn't said which chips will use the new technology or when they might become available.

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