Patent Number: 8,719,605

Title: Method for detecting a trigger to a program not actively being reviewed by the user and performing a power saving action without placing the device as a whole into a sleep state

Abstract: A trigger can relate to power usage of a computing device that a computer program to be run or running on the computing device causes. Detection of the trigger causes performance of a power-saving action. The power-saving action relates to the computer program to reduce the power usage of the computing device. The power-saving action is a strictly software-oriented action. An amount of power of the computing device used in detecting the trigger and performing the power-saving action is less than a reduction of the power usage of the computing device that results from performing the power-saving action, resulting in a net power usage reduction.

Inventors: Chakra; Al (Apex, NC), Goldberg; Itzhack (Hadera, IL), Harpur; Liam (Dublin, IE), Rice; John (Waterford, IE)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 3/041 (20060101); G06F 1/26 (20060101); G06F 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018