updated 05:35 pm EDT, Thu August 14, 2008
Intel PCs get Remote Wake
A Thursday report says a Remote Wake function will soon be released by Intel for its products, allowing PCs to answer incoming phone calls over the Internet while in energy-saving standby or sleep modes. Thus far, computers had to be in their full operating mode in order to notify users of incoming VoIP phone calls. The function will need a wired Ethernet connection to the Internet, as Wi-Fi does not function while computers are in sleep mode. To ensure only solicited and wanted calls come through, users will be able to custom-tailor their accepted calling list.
Intel's motherboards are not used by all PC computers, though the company is working with those who build their own, such as Dell and HP, to allow their PCs to use a version of the Remote Wake function as well.
Intel will work with Cyberlink, JAJAH, Orb and Pando to integrate Remote Wake's functionality into IM programs and web-sharing applications, as well as remotely accessing media content on PCs via the Internet.
Energy savings from the new technology are potentially great, as a typical desktop PC draws only 10 watts of current in sleep mode, in comparison to at least six times that number when fully operational.
The Remote Wake feature will be integrated into four Intel motherboards starting in September, according to an Intel executive, with notebook applications expected to arrive at an undisclosed, later date.