Panasonic has announced that they are working on a new type of 32-bit microcomputer chip, specifically designed to save power, while offering the ability to be integrated in a variety of computing models.  The main feature of the microcomputer is its built-in flash memory, which is reportedly the biggest component for energy savings in the chip. Panasonic is hoping that the microchip could eventually be implemented in cars, office equipment and household appliances.

The new chip, named MN103L, can achieve very low power consumption when in stand-by mode and can reduce the need for an external EEPROM memory or an oscillator, which are all embedded in the chip. Moreover, their voltage can go from 2.2 V to 5.5 V, with a reduction in power consumption of up to 50%  during operation. In layman’s terms, the new microchip will improve performance while achieving a good balance between performance and power consumption. The MN103L will utilize Panasonic’s newest 110 nm flash memory and the newly-developed 32-bit AM32L core microcomputers. The company claims that their new product will be able to achieve about twice the electric power efficiency.

Considering the amount of people who leave their electronic devices such as computers and TVs on stand-by, Panasonic’s new component could play a major part in reducing the world’s CO2 emissions. The MN103L is set to enter the market next January.

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via Green Optimistic