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PowerLogix Releases CPU Director 2.1Dynamic Frequency Switching and Power Management features provide cool, reliable operation (July 28, 2005)
PowerLogix continues to innovate with the release of CPU Director 2.1, which brings exclusive new functionality to PowerForce G4 O47 and PowerForce G3 processor upgrades.
The PowerForce G4 O47 has unique hardware features that, when combined with the new CPU Director 2.1, result in the ultimate in power management significantly lower power draw and operating temperature than any competing product.
A centrally located thermal sensor provides temperature data to CPU Director, PowerLogix's proprietary software utility. CPU Directors thermal pane displays the data so users can see instantaneous real-time temperature, as well as a graph of temperature over time to help monitor temperature change and diagnose any problems.
CPU Director now also supports Dynamic Frequency Switching (DFS), allowing the user to choose either full or half CPU speed via the Energy Saver System Preference. Since the majority of tasks do not need full throttle CPU power at all times, the operating system automatically increases or decreases clock speed as needed.
A video demonstrating how DFS works is available at http://www.powerlogix.com/downloads/DFS_action.mov.
Combining power management and DFS results in a considerably more efficient processor card. The card will operate at 15 watts under minimal demand and 63 watts under 100 percent load. Competitor cards of equivalent speed draw 62 watts and 68 watts under the same conditions. In other words, the computer is running a minimum of 91 percent throttle all the time, even when software demands do not require it.
CPU Director also supports OProcessor Performance under Energy Saver when used with the PowerForce G3 ZIF or Pismo. When the user selects OAutomatic in Energy Saver, the computer will run full speed when required, or at 500 megahertz (MHz) at idle. The OHighest setting runs the full CPU speed at all times and OReduced runs 500 MHz at all times. This helps keep the operating temperature down and extends the battery life on upgraded PowerBook G3 OPismo models.
CPU Director 2.1 is now available via download from the PowerLogix Web site. Existing owners of PowerForce G4 '47 also require a patch that will be e-mailed to all existing users. New owners will receive CPU Director 2.1 on CD with the shipment.
PowerLogix products are available immediately through Other World Computing via its Web site at www.macsales.com/powerlogix. OWC is exclusive distributor for PowerLogix and provides all product and warranty support for their products.
First to market in every significant Macintosh CPU upgrade product during the past five years, PowerLogix designs and manufactures innovative products for maximum performance from second generation and newer Apple Power Mac computers and clones.
For more information, contact PowerLogix at 8701 W. Parmer Lane #1120, Austin, Texas 78729; 512-401-9902; or visit its Web site at www.powerlogix.com.
About Other World Computing
Other World Computing has been providing quality hardware products and support to the Macintosh universe since 1988. The Illinois-based company operates the popular Macsales.com Web site, which features one of the largest online catalogs of enhancement products; including OWCs own Mercury acceleration and FireWire product lines. OWC is an Apple Certified Developer and provides extensive technical support for Macintosh users around the world. The company also owns and operates FasterMac.net, a national Internet Service Provider designed specifically for Macintosh users, as well as OWC.Net, an ISP that provides Internet access, design and hosting solutions in the greater Chicago area. Other World Computing ranks as the largest technology services employer in McHenry County according to the McHenry County Business Journal.
For more information visit www.macsales.com.
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