No really. At the Hot Chips (really) conference in the US, IBM has unveiled a low power mode on Power7 chips called Winkle. Of course, because the chip is put into a deep sleep, this is reference to Rip Van Winkle. Of course.
Winkle mode uses up to 85% less power than when the chip is sitting idle but takes up to 20 milliseconds to wake up again. That doesn’t sound a lot, but in other modes the Power7 chips wake up in under 2 milliseconds so it’s a big increase.
Full article at the NYTimes.com.