Don't eat potatoes - they can power servers!

Posted on Sunday, Jul 17 2005 @ 22:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A crazy guy tried a quite interesting potato-powered server experiment more than two years ago. He powered a very-low power server with five potatoes! After a while the experiment was terminated because potatoes rot
The CPU is a Microchip PIC16F876 running with a 76.8 KHz clock and a nominal 1.5V supply voltage (somewhat outside the manufacturer's specifications). At this speed and voltage, it draws 20 microWatts (0.00002 Watts), or roughly 100,000th to 1 millionth the power of any Intel 386 board I know of. It connects via SLIP at 4800 baud.
Check it out here


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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