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Intel processors to go 100% Pb-free

Posted: 24 May 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. said that its future processors, beginning with its entire family of 45nm, high-k and metal gate devices, are going 100-percent Pb-free.

Intel's 45nm, high-k family includes the next-generation Intel Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Xeon processors. The company will begin 45nm, high-k production in the second half of this year.

Lead is used in a variety of micro-electronic "packages" and the "bumps" that attach an Intel chip to the packages.

Package designs include pin grid array, ball grid array and land grid array, and all are 100-percent Pb-free in Intel's 45nm, high-k technology generation. In 2008, the company will also transition its 65nm chipset products to 100-percent Pb-free technology.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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