Intel Intros Remote Wake Technology – Will Be HUGE for Digital Home Users

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Intel has just announced that next month consumers will start seeing motherboards featuring their new embedded Remote Wake technology that enables consumers to “wake up” their home PC from an energy-efficient sleep mode to access all their media, anytime, from any internet-connected device. The technology also works with VoIP to accept incoming calls. To help put this in perspective, PC users will no longer be locked out, and have certain media and communication applications be inaccessible, when their computers are powered down to S3 sleep state to save electricity.

“The ‘remote wake’ feature on the new Intel chipsets enable the last piece of media freedom for people who want to enjoy their media while they are away from home,” said Herve Utheza, VP and GM of Orb Networks. “With Orb, OEMs, system integrators, and white box manufacturers can easily put together differentiated configurations that meet the needs of today’s media-savvy consumers, while leveraging a robust and proven application that is energy efficient.”

Unfortunately, it appears that Remote Wake will only work with Ethernet connected PCs since Wi-Fi is not capable of operating in PC sleep mode. With that said, how are users interacting with, say the VoIP application to “make and receive” calls as Jajah states, if the PC remains in some state of sleep mode if the PC is not fully powered up?

More info: Cyberlink PR, Orb PR, Jajah PR

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