Samsung to Push Energy Efficient Computing with Microsoft, Google

Samsung Electronics has joined Microsoft, Google and other industry leaders in an effort to address energy efficiency across all aspects of computing.

The company has assumed a board-level membership in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), a non-profit organization formed to reduce the energy consumption of computers and related components.

The focus of CSCI includes PCs, servers, networking equipment, and connected devices such as smartphones and tablets. Members work collaboratively in groups that drive improvements and best practices for AC/DC Efficiency, Networking, and Computer Power Management.

Other companies represented on the board of directors include Cisco, Intel, Emerson, F5 Networks, Juniper Networks, and World Wildlife Fund.

Samsung says it will initially concentrate on increasing the power-efficiency of servers and notebooks through more energy-efficient components like DDR3 memory and solid state drives using flash memory, as well as energy-efficient LED display panels, application processors and advanced process manufacturing.

CSCI has nearly 680 members. Organizations join as Affiliates and Associates and pledge to use power management and to make high-efficiency systems a requirement for their next computer purchase. More than 10,000 people have joined as individuals by pledging to use energy efficient computers and power management at home and work.

CSCI has long partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program to accelerate the adoption of energy-saving technology and practices. The Initiative provides technical input into ENERGY STAR specifications and recommends systems that have earned the ENERGY STAR, so CSCI members and others can easily identify and procure energy efficient systems.

The organization offers an online catalog (link below) of PCs, laptops, servers, power supplies and power management software that meet CSCI technical specifications for energy efficiency.

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