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Dell, Intel Roll Out Energy Efficient Electronics: CES Roundup Day 2

show-floorAs CES 2010 continues in Las Vegas, more energy efficient electronics are coming to light.

Intel Corp. has a new family of core processors that its says are more intelligent in their energy use, reports echannelline. The firm’s Core i7 and Core i5 processors can decide when best to “overclock the cores and when to dial them down to save energy,” said Intel Canada Country Manager Doug Cooper.

Intel has moved graphics processing into the CPU to improve energy efficiency of the units, Cooper said. The company also improved the performance per watt for embedded processors, such as those that are connected to sensitive, secure equipment such as ATMs, medical equipment, communications gizmos and industrial machines.

At the show, Dell previewed an organic light emitting diode (OLED) laptop, reports Oled-Info. The 2 millimeter-thick display is faster and uses less power than LCD displays. It also provides a better contrast ratio.

Samsung announced that it has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote the “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” pledge, according to a press release.

Samsung also unveiled the results of a survey that showed 45 percent of consumers said they were more likely to purchase consumer electronics from firms that produce energy efficient products. About 60 percent of respondents cited saving money as a main driver for being environmentally conscious.

A new processor for mobile devices promises more energy efficiency. The next-generation Tegra processor has eight independent processors that provide about 10 times the processing power of a typical smart phone but uses 20 times less energy than a PC, reports ChannelWeb.

The show also features devices to help consumers track their home energy use, reports USA Today.

One such product is the Home Energy Manager from Direct Energy, which has a touch-screen dashboard that tells users which appliances are using the most electricity, when and at what cost. It lets users program appliances to run at off-peak times, and also has an Internet interface that allows users to accesss news, social networking, movies and music.

Direct Energy says the device, which will receive its first test later this year in Houston, could help consumers shave 25 percent off their monthly energy bills.

View yesterday’s coverage of CES 2010 here. The show ends Jan. 10. It features a Sustainable Planet area with 30-plus exhibitors.

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