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    Reduced lead processors from AMD

    On the 1st July 2006, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation will come into force. It is an EU directive which in part aims to reduce the amount of lead used in the electronics industry. Come July next year, electronics manufacturers will have to ship products with lower lead content.

    AMD are ahead of the game, having implemented and brought to market RoHS compliant products this month, a year early, you might say. Products include Opteron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Sempron and Turion 64 processors, along with various AMD chipsets.

    AMD started looking at lead-free solutions for semiconductor packages as early as 2001 and has a R&D program dedicated to it.

    "AMD is steadfastly developing effective technical solutions that reduce lead content and achieve RoHS compliance without sacrificing other product features" says AMD's President, Dirk Meyer.

    That is of course the key: reducing lead content to comply with regulations without losing functionality or performance from products. If AMD have managed to implement their RoHS compliant products now, ahead of the regulations coming into force, then they don't need to worry about rushing out a solution come July 2006. Of course, all other manufacturers will be working up solutions as we speak, some will also have compliant products on the market already, but AMD has found cause to shout about their achievement. The trees are that little bit greener in Dresden, today.
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    Check out AMD's press release, which sports the superb title "AMD leads with less lead".
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    The link on the press release isn't formatted properly

    Good to know that AMD are ahead of the competition as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    Good to know that AMD are ahead of the competition as usual.
    How do you know that? Just seems to me that AMD want to brag that they can put a label on and quote "Lead Free" and make them look good. So what! Just shows that the electronics industry is so far behind, we've had lead free paint & petrol for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    The link on the press release isn't formatted properly

    Good to know that AMD are ahead of the competition as usual.
    I can't fix the link, so copy and paste if you must

    As for being ahead... well, I think it's more a 'look we're earth friendly' PR than anything market leading
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    Quote Originally Posted by beanbandit
    How do you know that? Just seems to me that AMD want to brag that they can put a label on and quote "Lead Free" and make them look good. So what! Just shows that the electronics industry is so far behind, we've had lead free paint & petrol for years.
    Paint and petrol? Pah, look at the pencil industry!
    Well Hello!

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    Should I include a joke right about now stating I wish I still had lead in my pencil (instead of graphite)... no, OK I won't.
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    So I take it that means they have overcome the problem of tin sprouting little
    tentacles then. (the reason why they started adding lead in the first place)
    Or will we start getting strange short circuits occuring.

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