Intel Showcases Reference Design for Home Energy Management

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Intel on Thursday released a new reference design for a home energy-management device based on its Atom processor in an effort to establish itself in the emerging market for energy automation systems.

Intel presented a tablet-like prototype for the home energy control and management panel on Thursday at the West Coast Green conference in San Francisco.

The Intel Home Dashboard, a proof-of-concept device built to highlight the reference design's capabilities, allows users to compare their personal home energy usage to that of neighbors, and measure energy levels generated by solar panels attached to the home. It also features an automated "goodbye" function that switches the entire house to user-configured off mode when no one is home. This avoids so-called "vampire" energy consumption from devices in standby mode, while presetting thermostat levels. The reference design features energy management applications displayed on a touch-sensitive screen, Zigbee wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a software stack for building additional third-party applications on top of the operating system.

The chipmaker ultimately would like appliance manufacturers and utilities to apply this architecture in a number of domestic technologies dedicated to managing energy.


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