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Intel readies new remote PC access function

New technology will allow PCs to be activated and accessed remotely when in "sleep" mode, rather than leaving computers powered on indefinitely.

Intel has developed technology that lets people remotely power up their computers and retrieve files across an Internet connection, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal site on Wednesday.

The technology, called Remote Wake, will work only on PCs that use a recently introduced chipset from Intel and requires new software to be loaded onto the PC, according to the report. The technology will also reportedly allow PCs that use Internet-based phones services to be remotely activated to receive calls. Remote Wake could also allow consumers using a Web-enabled phone or a laptop connected to the Internet to activate their PCs and retrieve files, according to the report.

Programs that let people remotely access files on their PCs are already on the market, but those computers must be left turned on to allow access to files. Remote Wake will allow access when people put their PCs in "sleep" mode, thereby conserving energy, the newspaper reported.

Remote Wake's greatest application is expected to be with Internet phone calls, which require PCs to be turned on to receive calls.