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GreenChip PC achieves 80 PLUS Gold certification

Posted: 25 Jul 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PC chipset  80 PLUS Gold certification  80 PLUS program  desktop PC 

NXP Semiconductors has announced that its GreenChip PC chipset has achieved 80 PLUS Gold certification for a reference design, as set by Ecos Consulting and the 80 PLUS Program.

With efficiency of over 90 per cent, this is the first PC desktop power supply reference solution to meet the stringent demands of the Gold standard, helping to enable the PC industry to accelerate its green power roadmaps.

NXP is the first company to create a cost-effective energy-efficient chipset for PC power supplies, which is easy to manufacture and ready to deliver to the mass consumer market now. Desktops with the NXP GreenChip PC solution installed will cut energy losses up to 50 per cent compared to the average desktop. Installing the GreenChip PC will have a dramatic impact on the amount of power consumed. NXP estimates that 160 million desktop PCs equipped with 80 PLUS Gold-certified supplies will save the equivalent of 200 million tons of CO2 emission.

NXP's GreenChip PC chipset solution has been designed to exceed all relevant current and future industry standards. By future-proofing the chipset, NXP has made it easier for the PC industry to develop power-efficient products today and tomorrow.

"We are pleased to announce that NXP's GreenChip PC solution has passed this significant landmark. Passing the 80 PLUS Gold standard demonstrates NXP's commitment to the process of reducing power consumption," said Edwin Kluter, marketing director, power solutions product line, NXP. "The company is pushing manufacturers to deliver greener products today by providing a solution that is available now."

"We want to recognise NXP for being first in the industry to reach the 80 PLUS Gold level for a multiple output reference design," said Jason Boehlke, channel manager for Ecos Consulting and the 80 PLUS program. "The value of 80 PLUS is made available by a partnership between manufacturers, utilities and consumers and is helping to bring forward new market innovations and efficiencies that are helping to enable greener IT solutions."

Key features of the NXP GreenChip PC chipset include a highly efficient secondary side "controlled switch" concept and scalability through the selection of external components, which set the output power and efficiency of the supply. The device also features an active clamp reset with integrated switch, lowering the breakdown voltage demand for the power components as well as integrated standby and housekeeping functionality, reducing the number of external components required to meet Energy Star standby requirements. The device's independent regulation of output voltages resulting in perfect cross regulation and fanless design allowing for living room computing applications. The device also fits standard ATX size box, adds NXP.

The Green Chip PC chipset solution is available now and shipping in Europe, the United States, APAC and Japan.

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