Highly Energy-Efficient Windows Vista PCs Made Possible by New VIA Mainboard

Highly Energy-Efficient Windows Vista PCs Made Possible by New VIA Mainboard

VIA Technologies announced late last month the release of its new pc3500 mainboard, a low-power platform for Windows desktops that can result in energy savings of more than 50 percent over what the EPA requires to meet its latest Energy Star standards.

The company demonstrated that a desktop using the pc3500 mainboard and running Windows Vista can idle at 24 watts per hour, less than half the required wattage for Energy Star 4.0 compliance. The same system will also draw barely over one watt in sleep mode, and .68 watts on standby.

"With the launch of VIA pc3500 mainboard we are leading the way in developing innovative low power platforms that enable our OEM and SI customers to meet the growing worldwide demand for energy-efficient PCs," said VIA vice president Richard Brown. "Consumers and business users who purchase PCs based on the VIA pc3500 mainboard will not only be able to significantly reduce their energy costs but also minimize their environmental impact while running all the latest software applications."

The pc3500 mainboard is part of VIA's pc-1 initiative, which aims to build a range of computing products using the most energy-efficient technologies available.