Intel Corp. offering wake-up call for PCs
NEW YORK - Intel Corp. is unveiling technology that will let computers wake up from their power-saving sleep state when they receive a phone call over the Internet.
Current computers have to be fully on to receive a call, making them impractical and energy-wasters as replacements for the telephone.
The new component Intel is revealing today will let computers automatically return to a normal, full-powered state when a call comes in. The computer can activate its microphone and loudspeaker to alert the user, then connect the call.
"This certainly helps the PC become a much better center of communications in the home," said Trevor Healy, chief executive of Jajah, which will be the first Internet phone company to use the feature.
The first Intel motherboards with the Remote Wake capability will be shipped in the next month, said Joe Van De Water, director of consumer product marketing for Intel.
These components will most likely be used by smaller computer makers. Bigger names like Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. use their own motherboard solutions, but Intel is working to supply them with the technology.
The four initial Remote Wake motherboards will be for desktop computers and will need an Internet connection via Ethernet cable, as WiFi doesn't work in sleep mode. Van De Water said the computer will know to wake up only for calls from services to which the user has subscribed, so computer-waking prank calls should be impossible.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Jajah is setting itself up as a link between Web companies and the phone system. In April, it signed a deal to become the phone service provider for Yahoo Inc.'s Messenger. Jajah intends to offer the ability to wake up computers to other instant-messaging and Internet voice services, like Google Inc.'s Talk and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Live Messenger, Healy said. It will be able to wake up subscriber computers both for calls dialed with a number and for those that are directed at a user name.