Intel Corporation is the world’s largest semiconductor company and the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers.In 2004, the company had announced its plans to go lead-free with its products.
Lead is mainly used in a variety of micro-electric “packages” and “bumps” that attach the Intel chip to “packages”, which are then wrapped around the chip and used to connect it to the motherboard. Package designs include pin grid array, ball grid array, and land grid array, and will all be 100 percent lead-free.
“Intel is taking an aggressive stance toward environmental sustainability, from the elimination of lead and a focus on greater energy efficiency of our products to fewer air emissions and more water and materials recycling,” said Nasser Grayeli, Intel vice president and director of assembly test technology development, Technology and Manufacturing Group ,in 2004.
Continuing with this philosophy , at a recent company event held at San Francisco, Intel’s chief technical officer Justin Rattner gave a brief insight on new eco-friendly technologies the company is working on.
Few of Intel’s environmental initiatives:
• In 1996, Intel led an industry-wide agreement to reduce global warming gas emissions in semiconductor manufacturing, and today is working with the European Union (EU) to discuss how the technology sector can help meet the EU’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020.
• Intel is focused on reducing the natural resource use and waste by products of its manufacturing process. In the past 3 years, Intel has saved more than 9 billion gallons of fresh water through conservation measures, and reduced its global warming gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 50,000 automobiles from the road.
• Intel has reduced hazardous materials in its products and recycles more than 70 percent of its chemical and solid wastes.
• Intel makes renewable energy a priority. The company is the single-largest purchaser of wind power in Oregon and the largest industrial consumer of renewable energy in New Mexico.
• Intel has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its work on Energy Star and employee commuter programs.
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