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SCI/TECH: Net-Powered Computer Development

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posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 05:36 AM
A UK firm has developed a new personal computer that uses only 12 watts of power and can be run from the voltage present in all Ethernet cables. It's primary advantage will be in areas where it's difficult to access power, such as trade shows and other temporary locations.
Soon you could be using one less cable to keep your computer running.

UK firm DSP Design has made a PC that gets electric power via a network cable rather than through a wall socket.

DSP said it expected their new PC to find uses where it was hard to lay any kind of cable other than computer network cables.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

While it's only a minor step forward in convenience right now, the larger goal of this project is to develop a worldwide standard for Ethernet power which can run any type of computer. Voltage and socket differences in each country make that almost impossible at the moment.

posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 05:41 AM
sounds good to me .Hope they make desk tops like that . Is the power in the phone line enough? Ps That pc must produce much less heat reducing the threat of over heating your pc . (thats aloways a good thing.

posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 11:53 AM
Apparently they want to up the universal standard voltage so that all PC's can use the power without any big hardware changes. It won't work with normal phone lines, I think they only carry 5 volts, but all Ethernet connections will be able to support it. It means you could plug right into any LAN, anywhere in the world without adapters or a power source.

posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 12:11 PM
This would work for one or two PC's, but if you want to expand like in an office building, the existing ethernet wires could not handle the load. Servers and ethernet hubs would all have to be replaced.

We've been replacing our PC's with wireless capability, so there is no need for ethernet outlets. They got tired of rewiring everytime they decide to rearrange everything.

posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 04:44 PM
Telephone lines run off of 48VDC, I believe.

he net powered PC's are a great idea...will probably require some power supply engineering to support lots of PC's.

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