Intel's Guide To Achieving S0ix Low-Power States On Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 25 October 2018 at 08:42 AM EDT. 5 Comments
Modern Intel SoCs support S0ix low-power states during idle periods, which are sub-states of ACPI S0 that increase power-savings while supporting an instant-on experience for providing lower latency than ACPI S3.

Intel's open-source portal has published a guide to utilizing Intel S0ix power states on Linux with supported SoCs and how to debug power issues around this low-power idle state where parts of the SoC are turned off when not in use.

It's possible to find out if your Intel system supports the low-power S0 Idle by looking at an ACPI dump of the system, enabling suspend-to-idle S0ix via a sysfs interface, and other possible tweaks. When using the newer Linux 4.17+ kernels there are also various power savings improvements around Display-OFF, SATA, and Thunderbolt.

See this guide if you want to learn more about S0ix power-savings on Linux.
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