Fujistu Siemens launches zero watt monitor

IT infrastructure provider Fujitsu Siemens Computers has launched what it claims to be the world's first zero watt monitor. This new technology could save firms around £6 per monitor per year, according to estimates.

The technology works by triggering the power supply to disconnect from the mains when the monitor powers down, said the firm. Power is restored to the display by a small electrical pulse when the PC next sends output to the monitor.

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intersting idea... I always wondered why you couldnt store a charge in say a 9volt battery or something in the monitor that can recharge when its powered on that could throw a solid state switch to tell the PSU of the monitor to power up... if this works good, they should start doing this in all kinds of stuff that is "always on"

(i_saw_drones said @ #1.3)

Sounds a bit like software patents :)

Or worse, the cardboard sleeve which starbucks uses on their cups is actually protected - I **** you not!

I got an easier and cheaper idea. Its called a surge protecter with an on off switch (even chepa ones go for like $5) just plug the computer and monitor into it and when not in use turn the switch off.

Why buy a monitor like this when it would most likely be expensive.

This is misleading. I was expecting a monitor that worked like the Kindle screen or something. This is not actually a zero-watt monitor. It's a zero-watt monitor.... when on standby. Not the same thing.

well considering that all electronic devices atm use a significant amount of power while they are "off" or on standby, this is definitely a big deal... buying something like this and using it at home would not save you anything significant, but for companies with a lot of computers, they would be saving a bundle... save £6 a year, with a 1000 computers in the office... a company would save £6000... and that something significant.

"Title is misleading" I was going to post the same thing earlier, but tried to read it again and again and thought "oh well, maybe I just don't understand the article at all... next...."

It was surprising though that monitors still consume power when they are on standby mode. At least I learned something :P

Since most LCDs use 1 w or so in standby (as opposed to ungodly watts for CRTs), this will make a minor (but most welcome) impact over the long haul. It just makes sense for this and all electronics that stay on all the time.

But if you are using an LCD and letting your OS send it to standby when you are not around, you are already doing a LOT better than we all were just a few years ago.

Or... if you don't want a Fujistu monitor, get a OneClick panel (or similar) instead. Cheaper and you can put all your devices on it. I've got one and it's great for keeping the bills down - 8W used instead of 40W for items on standby

This is very much a "We made this problem."

In the good old days, electronic devices had nice robust switches, which if thrown, actually detached the product from the mains voltage. Zero watts.

Now, with CRT monitors, there was some benefit to keeping a trickle of current running; the monitor could warm up faster.

But on LCDs, there's no excuse.

Yeah. God forbid they give you a ****ing On/Off switch on products now. Especially products you routinely have to turn on and off, such as cable modems and routers, in order to reset them due to how ****-poor everything works to begin with.

It's ****ing ridiculous. As someone said earlier in the thread, use a God damned surge protector and turn **** off when you're not using it. Problem solved.

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