An open specification for power management on desktop systems has been published by Intel, Microsoft and Toshiba. The Advanced Configuration and Power Interface enables PCs, laptops and servers to come on instantly when accessed by users and to perform automated tasks after they are switched off.
Also, PCs can turn connected peripherals and consumer electronics such as video recorders on and off, while these devices can, in turn, activate PCs. This is designed to integrate PCs more easily into home communications and entertainment systems.
The ACPI is the basis of Microsoft's On Now initiative, designed to stimulate mobile computing and the use of the PC as part of a more general home-based electronics system. PCs and operating system incorporating the specification will start to ship in the second half of this year. Over 70 companies have participated in the creation of this specification, including Acer, Compaq, Digital Equipment, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and several chip makers.
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