Environmentally friendly chipsets

AMD has started offering microprocessors with reduced lead content to customers worldwide, including the Middle East, a year ahead of a regulatory deadline to reduce lead in electronic products.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  July 24, 2005

AMD has started offering microprocessors with reduced lead content to customers worldwide, including the Middle East, a year ahead of a regulatory deadline to reduce lead in electronic products. The vendor says it is committed to developing products that optimise energy use, save money and help protect the environment. AMD has been working towards reducing the lead content of its PC processor and chipset products for sometime. The European Union (EU) has established a directive that restricts the use of lead by electronics manufacturers. The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation comes into effect on July 1, 2006. The vendor began offering RoHS-compliant processors earlier this month, including the AMD Opteron, Athlon 64 and 64 X2, Turion 64 mobile technology and its Sempron families of processors. AMD also has several RoHS-compliant chipsets already available, including the AMD-8111, 8131 and AMD-8151. "AMD is committed to using environmentally friendly materials in its operations," says Dirk Meyer, president and chief operating officer of AMD's microprocessor solutions sector. "AMD is developing effective technical solutions that reduce lead content and achieve RoHS compliance without sacrificing other product features." AMD began identifying solutions for production of lead-free semiconductor packages in 2001. It has formed a lead-free research and development program and is working with suppliers and other industry leaders to establish lead-free standards and testing requirements. In addition to its own manufacturing initiatives, AMD claims it is supporting a number of key consortia among industry, universities and trade associations to expedite the development of lead-free technology.

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