VIA Technologies has joined chipmakers including Intel, AMD and National Semiconductor in producing lead-free chipsets and motherboards.
VIA's first lead-free mainboard, the AS-1210, was launched today, three years after the company made a commitment to move towards greener computing.
Lead is primarily used on motherboards to attach and connect the processor to the main board. Now a composite of tin, silver and copper is being used instead.
"The transition to 'green' manufacturing for VIA has been very smooth and we have been able to ship lead-free processors and chipsets since the end of last year," said Richard Brown, vice president of marketing at VIA.
Electronics manufacturers are under increasing pressure to cut the level of toxic chemicals in their products.
A European Union directive has set a deadline of 1 July 2006 for the elimination of lead in electronic products.
"The EU directive is a driver but that does not kick in until 2006. We want to be ahead of the game," said Tim Handley, processor platform marketing manager at VIA.
"But a bigger driver is the market demand, and we are started to get more and more demand."
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