VIA's C7-D Carbon Free Processor
September 15, 2006
VIA have announced the world's first carbon free computer component, the C7-D processor.
This is how it works: For ever C7-D sold VIA calculates the electricity that it will use over an assumed usage of 3 years. They then calculate the amount of C02 released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels to make this electricity. VIA then works with local agencies to "offset" this amount of C02 by a) Planting enough trees to absorb this amount of C02 b) Promoting alternative energy sources or energy conservation to reduce the amount of C02 released.
Apparently it a C7-D CPU is worth about 4 broad-leaf trees. Which gives the C7-D a "Treemark" rating of 4. A 1.8GHz C7-D processor consumes about 20W of power.
It's unclear whether the C7-D is different from the standard C7 in any other way, but if other companies follow suit with carbon free initiatives as a result, this can only be a good thing.
VIA's C7-D Processor
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