Flower Power: Intel and Sunflowers??

You may have seen sunflowers in bloom on the Intel website, YouTube and the Intel Online Press Room and wondering what do Intel and sunflowers have in common? DSCF1655.jpg

It’s a metaphor for Intel’s new Penryn family of processors. The “word of the day” is phytoremediation, referring to sunflowers’ ability to pull lead and other materials from the dirt, improving the environment.

So, what does Intel “lead-free” processors really mean?

Well, with our 45nm process, we have eliminated the need for the remaining lead-tin based solders used to connect the die to the package across all our microprocessor packages. And in 2008 we eliminate halogen. The result is a 15 percent reduction in our global warming emissions. And Intel processors are up to 40 percent faster with improved energy-efficiency compared to previous-generations. With almost 300 million PCs shipping a year and growing, that helps reduce Intel’s environmental footprint and provides a more robust and green computing experience.

You too can make a difference – plant a sunflower and Intel donates to charity. Plant a seed in Intel’s virtual sunflower field in honor of American Education Week, and for every seed planted, Intel donates $1 to the Boys & Girls Club in an effort to help create a better environment for children to learn and grow.

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