CES 2011: Green Plug Power Processor

An end to “clunky black bricks and wall warts” and a move toward “sleek, efficient digital power adapter architectures capable of exchanging information between the power source and the load and adjusting power use according to product need.” This is the rather enticing vision put forward by Green Plug in introducing its Green Power Processor (GPP).

Green Plug gave us a glimpse of this smart power adapter future in a Q-and-A last year. Now it’s promoting the GPP at the Consumer Electronics Show, where the cognoscenti will no doubt be interested to know the processor is an advanced system-on-chip based on the high-performance, low-power META MTP Core from Imagination Technologies Group, and that it offers “power supply designers and developers two independent hardware threads, primarily single-cycle instructions, and a variety of advanced low-power features and optimizations for AC/DC and DC/DC power conversions.”

Smart power adapter, Green Plug, Green Power Processor

image via Green Plug

For the consumers, the takeaway is the possibility of more efficient and flexible powering of their electronics – an end to the days of a drawer full of assorted cords, chargers and power packs that only work on single devices, many of which might have long since achieved obsolescence.

“We’re confident that the development of the Green Power Processor signals the beginning of the move away from analog power supplies toward smart digital power adapters,” Green Plug founder and CEO Frank P. Paniagua Jr. said in a statement.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.