Wednesday, October 25, 2006

VIA, UK firms launch carbon free PC

Remmy Nweke

TAIwan-based VIA Technologies Incorporated and two United Kingdom (UK) affiliates, Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC jointly launched the world’s first carbon free personal computers (PC).

The latest PC was produced based on the ultra energy-efficient VIA C7Â-D processor platform.

Vice President, Marketing at VIA Technologies, Mr. Richard Brown, while announcing this development noted that as the awareness of the effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) on global warming grows, individuals, governments, and organizations are searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Hence, people have increasingly demanded better energy efficiency and greater environmental awareness in the ICT products they purchase.

In order to meet this growing demand, he said, VIA joined hands with leading UK system integrators, namely Tranquil PC and Evesham Technology to launch the world’s first carbon free PC, based on the VIA C7-D processor, the renowned carbon free processor that made a debut last month.

These systems bring together ultra-energy efficient operation and any CO2 emissions produced from the operation of the systems over their lifetime are offset through UK based projects in energy conservation, reforestation, and alternative energy.

“Since its inception the PC industry has been ramping up the Mega Hertz (MHz), faster feeds, and today more cores, all of which dramatically increase the electricity demands of not just the CPU, but all the other supporting components regardless of application necessity,” he said.

The Vice President, also noted that VIA has together with Evesham and Tranquil, showed a different path for the industry by the focus on energy-efficient performance and environmental sustainability, while still meeting user demands.

Chief executive, Tranquil PC Ltd, David J Thompson, pointed out that in the UK and Europe, for instance, his firm has seen a real shift in organizational demands whereby companies are taking serious look at the environmental impact of their Information Technology (IT) infrastructure purchases.

“Tranquil has been an early leader in this area with our zero-carbon computing products, together with our traditional leadership in fanless computing,” he declared.Also for the chief executive of Evesham Technology Limited, Mr. Richard Austin, “Building on our recent release of the ‘All you need PC’ focused on the UK Public Sector,” noting that the recent launch of first carbon free PCs based on the VIA C7-D processor is a natural progression in Evesham’s product line for organizations determination on greater efficiencies and green awareness in their ICT purchases,” Mr. Austin said.

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