As you may [or may not] know, USB will become the standard for cell phone charging.Â I foresee USB branching out into other electronic gadgets as the main connectivity for juicing up.Â So, this obviously means the power plug which charges via USB will only become more popular. I think it’s a great idea, because as time progresses we can all use onlyÂ a single power cord to charge any device.Â [For now, lets forget about the fact manufacturers need to jump on board with my line of thought]. In addition, I would think any serious traveler would jump at a device like this.Â Look at how small it is.Â This is all you’d need to charge your cell phone, iPod, PDA and even your laptop. Eneplug is the company which makes this device and it’s currently available in Japan, but I see it coming over to the states in no time.Â Shoot me an email if you see anything here – or I’ll update this when I find a US source. Speaking of Source:Â Technabob. Continue Reading
The sleep-and-charge USB concepts makes it possible to charge and power electronic devices connected to the laptop without the laptop being powered-on or in sleep mode. This is a simple yet revolutionary way USB power bus technology will begin working it’s way into our life.Â With USB connectivity as the #1 method for peripheral connection to laptops and computers, the sleep-and-charge USB concept is brilliant.
Â â€œToshiba has long been a leader of innovation, and prides itself on creating solutions that make the digital lifestyle even better,â€ said Jeff Barney, vice president of marketing, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. â€œWith the development of the Sleep-and-Charge USB ports, Toshiba has developed an innovative technology that helps ensure that our digital products are ready for use at the moment we need them.â€As you know, the major shortcoming with today’s USB ports from either computers or laptops is the lack of power support while the host device is turned off. I have reported on USB surge protectors which do basically the same thing, but that requires more gear for a traveling business person, the sleep-and-charge is built into the host system. Continue Reading
The power hub via USB is a perfect illustration of the potential of such a setup: pretty much anything that accepts USB charging (iPods, Blackberries, cellphones, headsets, Xbox 360 controllers, and the like) should be compatible.You should be able to power up non USB charging devices as long as they are Continue Reading
The USB Ecostrip plugs into the wall and the PC is plugged into the socket marked by the red arrow on the diagram. From there all other devices on the power strip are powered via the USB port connected from the surge protector to the PC. This way, when the PC is shut down all other devices are also shut down, such as your printer, scanner, modem and speakers.
“We set out to design a product that reduces energy waste, yet, allows distributors and retailers to profit from the new emphasis on this type of product,” said Bjarne Waedeled, President of Centritech Limited, Hong Kong, designer and producer of the Ecostrip. “And, because it functions like any other power strip, there is no education of the consumer required.”The USB Ecostrip has been around since 2005 but has yet to make it into the US market. However, that’s all going to change fairly soon. USB Ecostrip Press Release Continue Reading
- Startup CPU Speed Adjustment – Automatically and dynamically adjust CPU clock speed based on the operating bandwidth requirements of your handheld device.
- Advanced Idle Mode – Understand the differences in power consumption at 100MHz versus 400MHz.
- Dynamic CPU Speed Adjustment – Determine the required computational bandwidth of your application software at different CPU clock speeds.
- Performance-Tuned Core Software Drivers – Understand how battery life is affected by plugging in a PCMCIA peripheral?
- Optimized Peripheral Software Drivers – Reduce both computational bandwidth and power consumption while connecting to multiple peripheral devices.