Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

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While energy efficiency is vital for consumer electronics, the industrial automation customer also benefits from chip manufacturers’ perpetual goal to create processors that do more while using less energy. This White Paper explains how consumer electronic microprocessor improvements also provide a catalyst for industrial automation advancements.

Think about what your cell phone was like 15 years ago. Most likely, it could be used only for telephone calls—no texting, no photos, no videos and no music. Think about your business trips then with your carry-on bag crammed with a camera, a portable CD player, a travel alarm, maybe a GPS, possibly a tape recorder, a day planner, a calculator and more.

Now fast forward to today—where a smart phone can be used to perform all of these functions—and many more including fast Internet access, golf course distance calculations and many other tasks via imaginative apps.

The same trend of combining what once required separate components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation. Interestingly, the impetus for modern mobile phones to perform many functions with less energy consumption has helped make industrial automation components more powerful, less expensive and more reliable.