Shuttle's Media Center will wake up faster

Taiwan's Shuttle plans to introduce a power-saving instant-on technology for Windows XP Media Center-based PCs.

Shuttle, which specializes in small form-factor PCs, has developed a technology that can start up a Windows-based PC in a matter of seconds, a company official said Tuesday.

Shuttle's Always Ready technology allows a PC running Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system to start up in under five seconds after being put into a suspended state, said James Lin, special assistant to the chief executive officer of Shuttle. Lin demonstrated the function by putting a PC in the Always Ready state and then bringing it back to normal operation.

"The idea is to find a way for the computer to reboot more quickly," Lin said.

The Always Ready state doesn't turn the computer off, Lin said. Instead, the power state keeps a very small amount of electricity running through a PC, just as it would in Stand By mode. However, the computer can be reactivated more quickly than with Windows' Stand By capability, he said.

The Media Center-based Shuttle XPC M1000 computer, which was on display at the Computex exhibition in Taipei, will be the first PC to incorporate the technology, Lin said. It is expected to ship in "a couple of months from now" and will be priced above US$1,000, he said, noting that exact pricing and availability have not been decided.

The Shuttle XPC M1000 is based on an Intel Pentium M 740 processor and has support for IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking, Lin said.

Computex runs through Saturday.

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