Companies that deploy PCs incorporate phones, headsets and telephony software often incur substantial electricity bills due to their unified communication systems.
Computers that go to sleep mode when not in use can save money but are not always a good idea when the machine also handles incoming phone calls, video calls and instant messaging.
At the CeBit conference in Germany, technology company Fujitsu Ltd., introduced an all-in-one PC that addresses both issues.
Like most computers equipped for UC, the company’s new X923 is hooked up to a headset, a handset and is equipped with a Webcam, microphones and speaker for voice and video communications.
Unlike other machines, however, the X923 does not go into sleep mode when not in use.
Instead, the computer goes into what Fujitsu calls low power active mode (LPAM).
While in LPAM mode, the machine puts on pause power-hungry software such as browser and office productivity suites even while it runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional and maintains an active network connection.
Fujitsu said its new product consumes about 5 watts of power, which is 45 per cent lower than the 9.1 watts consumed by standard machines in idle mode and much lower than the 56 watts consumed by computers in use.
The X923 comes with a 23-inch full HD screen. It can be ordered with an Intel Core i3, or i5 or i7 processor. It has up to 16GB of RAM and can run either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating systems.
The machine can be ordered with a hard disk drive of up to 1 Terabyte in capacity of a 500GB solid state drive.
It has gigabit Ethernet connectivity, six USB ports and a presence sensor which can sense of the user is away from the keyboard.
The X023-T version comes with a touch screen. The machine will be initially available in Europe.