The Intel Ready Mode technology enables the desktop PC to be always powered on with as little as 10W. This is achieved by leveraging on the C7 idle states of the 4th generation Intel Core CPU, power optimization design of the motherboard, and customized software. Intel has given OEM partners the flexibility of using stock software, or implementing their own, in order to allow for some degree of customization.
Hence, the technology will allow desktop PCs to be in an idle state, and will spring to life when required. This is one manner of improving the user experience by Intel. The difference between the Intel Ready Mode and Connected Standby of Windows 8-based systems is the latter will alternate between power-on and power-off states to check the system for updates; while the Intel Ready Mode allows the system to be powered on constantly, with low power consumption levels.
One of the most suitable implementation of Intel Ready Mode will most probably be for the desktop AIO. The AIO segment for desktop PCs is one of the fastest growing market sectors that is targeted by Intel. Intel Ready Mode will be ideal for the AIOs meant for content consumption, and these devices will be based on Intel Bay Trail processors to keep them at low costs. In addition, space-saving mini-PCs that deliver the full desktop user experience will also benefit for this power-saving technology.