I just saw a video about the new RPI model A being tested at AdaFruit, which is very intriguing. This video (which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... yPQcTj1LC0
) shows two RPIs, a model A and a model B being tested for power consumption. I assume that both of them are running "empty", without much CPU load or anything else, because they both consume relatively little power.
What really shocked me is that while model B is using 0.31A @ 5V (1.55W), model A is only using 0.1A @ 5V (0.5W). Yes, we all knew that model B consumes more power, but I was not expecting such a big difference, not by far...
This is very interesting news to me because I keep a model B running almost 24/7 and I'm one of those people who just don't like wasting power, not even 1W of it
Also, I plan to run the RPI on a battery in the future, so that big difference really matters.
It seems that the big difference in power consumption is mostly (or entirely?) generated by the Ethernet module (which exists only on model B). I don't use the Ethernet module anyway, because I communicate with the Pi through a USB WiFi dongle. So the question which immediately came to mind was: is it somehow possible to switch off the Ethernet module on model B to reduce power consumption? I'm not really thinking of some extreme method, like soldering it off physically, rather a software-based approach like disabling it in the OS or disabling it with a firmware update. Is this possible somehow?
PS: I'm not sure at all that this is the right part of the forum to post this topic to, so if I have put it into the wrong place, I apologize.