ARM SoC fuels remote monitoring in Cooler Master concept PSU

In addition to showing off funky spinning heatsinks, Cooler Master is demoing a new PSU concept at CES this year. The high-end unit combines digital circuitry with an ARM-based processor that enables some interesting capabilities.

Real-time monitoring is a big part of the equation. Users can keep tabs on the PSU using Android and iOS apps that connect via Bluetooth. Those utilities track all sorts of variables, including amps, watts, efficiency, temperatures, and fan speeds. The software knows if the PSU has enough capacity to add another GPU, and it can even determine how the system's energy usage will impact monthly utility bills.

Oh, and fan speed controls are included, too. Gotta have those.

Although the PSU is still in the concept stage, the finished product is expected to arrive in the next six months. Cooler Master is planning 1200W and 1500W versions. Both will come with mobile apps in addition to Windows software that hooks into the PSU via USB.

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    • Kougar
    • 6 years ago

    Does it offer any sort of early warning or problem detection notification ability yet? HDDs have SMART, but a self-monitoring PSU could provide far more useful warnings or notices when things begin to slide out of spec, or a surge is detected, or the input power from the wall is below spec…

    • albundy
    • 6 years ago

    seriously? there’s demand for this? lol

      • the
      • 6 years ago

      Most OEM servers have some form of remote monitoring that can watch various PSU attributes in a similar manner. The catch is these OEMs can integrate the PSU monitoring functionality as part of a greater system monitoring facility since they use proprietary hot swap PSU to begin with. Still, you’ll be able to know if a PSU had its fan die etc.

      For the home and prosumer markets, I can see this being an attractive for some niche users. For example, you have a lab workstation set to do some data mining over the week and you’d be notified if there was a brown out while you were away.

      I personally like it as it can monitor the incoming AC feed. Handy to trouble shoot if you have a bad UPS or line going into your machine.

      • smilingcrow
      • 6 years ago

      It’s for 1.2kW+ power supplies only so not aimed at ‘normal people’. 😉

    • adampk17
    • 6 years ago

    I’ve wondered for years why PSU’s haven’t been connected to the PC via USB for monitoring. I’m surprised it’s taken this long.

    I hope they omit the bluetooth, seems more like a gimmick.

      • the
      • 6 years ago

      nVidia proposed the [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enthusiast_System_Architecture<]ESA spec[/url<] for this but it never really went anywhere.

    • smilingcrow
    • 6 years ago

    With ARM chips generally being so cool running compared to x86 chips it’s funny to see an ARM chip used just to monitor a P/S that will usually be used to run an x86 desktop.

    • chuckula
    • 6 years ago

    [Insert rant here about how an ARM SoC cannot supply fuel!]

    — That one’s for you Grigory!

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