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Old 21st July, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Zero-Standby-Power ICs to Enter Practical Use

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Imagine a chip that waits in Off mode for an input, that instantly turns on the power for processing when an input is detected, and then turns itself off again. An integrated circuit (IC) technology that might make possible this type of "normally-off" equipment will enter practical use in 2009: zero-standby-dissipation chips, achieved by making the entire chip, including logic, nonvolatile. As environment-friendly equipment becomes ever more important, this may be the trump card in slashing power consumption.
Zero-Standby-Power ICs to Enter Practical Use -- Nikkei Electronics Asia -- July 2009 - Tech-On!
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Old 21st July, 2009, 10:08 PM
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Wowsa, the link is well worth your time! The power savings from these devices is revolutionary. Thanks danrok!
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The technology to do this stuff has been available for a while; there just hasn't been any demand for it up to this point. That the demand is finally showing up is a good thing, IMO.
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