Intel: Small Chips, $2 Billion Savings
Intel must feel really proud of its Core line of processors: according to a company report, the line accounts for $2 billion in energy cost savings to the global economy.
September 25, 2008
“So what did we find? When we added up all the Watt-hours that were saved in the past 2 years as a result of Intel’s “right hand turn”, the calculations point to approximately 20 Terawatts hours less energy used, relative to what our prior generation of processors would have consumed in the same time window,” said Lorie Wigle, General Manager, Eco-Technology Program Office Intel Corporation President Climate Savers Computing Initiative.
So: 20 Terawatts less energy had been used thanks to the new line, a figure Intel divided by an average energy cost of $0.10 per kilowatt hour and thus got to the final $2 billion energy savings.
“This is no small figure - it’s a significant amount of energy savings, and an example of what technology innovation by the ICT industry can do to improve energy efficiency on a large scale,” Wigle added.