Thermal and power management to computer systems

  • US 6,487,668 B2
  • Filed: 02/12/2001
  • Issued: 11/26/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/20/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A computing apparatus, comprising:

  • a processing unit, said processing unit executes instructions in accordance with a clock signal having a clock frequency;

    a temperature sensor that monitors temperature of said processing unit;

    an activity detector that monitors activity of said processing unit; and

    a clock control unit operatively connected to said processing unit and said temperature sensor and said activity detector, said clock control unit operates to alter the clock frequency of the clock signal in a gradual and dynamic manner based on the temperature of said processing unit as monitored by said temperature sensor and on the activity of said processing unit as monitored by said activity detector.

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