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AMD Goes Unleaded With Processors

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The microprocessor company, embroiled in antitrust litigation against Intel, now complies with European environmental requirements.

AMD has reduced the lead contained in its processors and begins selling them worldwide this month, the chipmaker said in a statement.

The company’s actions come in response to ongoing environmental concerns, as it has attempted to go lead-free with it components. In the European Union, a directive restricting lead usage by manufacturers goes into effect in 2006.

Processors in the Opteron, Ahtlon, Sempron, and Turion families, among others, have now become compliant with the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Other chipsets offered by AMD were already in compliance with RoHS.

“AMD has been committed to using environmentally friendly materials in our operations,” said Dirk Meyer, President and Chief Operating Officer of AMD’s Microprocessor Solutions Sector.

The company has been working with other initiatives to help speed along the development of lead-free technology, in addition to its manufacturing changes and research.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

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