As far back as 2004, we were writing about 'phantom power', all that energy used by your electronics to make sure that they catch the 'power on' signal from the remote and come back to life fast enough, and how to combat it.
A new computer monitor by Fujitsu Siemens Computers breaks with its brethren and uses no power at all in idle mode. It works with a clever switch that shuts down the monitor when there's no signal from the computer, and turns it back on when there is one. If we extrapolate a bit, we see that this probably can't be used on all electronics if we want remotes to still work, but in a home entertainment system (stereo, TV, etc), it could easily be fitted on all accessories except one that would catch the signal from the remote, and then when it powers on, that would give the signal to the rest to follow suit.
Beginning in the summer of 2008, this "zero-watt monitor" will be sold for the price of a conventional monitor.
In these times of rising energy costs, we can assume that other electronics makers will also incorporate similar technologies in their products so as not to let Fujitsu Siemens with a competitive advantage in that area.
The zero-watt monitor from Fujitsu Siemens Computers was chosen as "Innovation of the Year" at this year's CeBIT computer trade show.
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