Via Debuts Carbon-Free Desktop CPU

Via's Linux-friendly desktop processor is accompanied by energy programs aiming to offset the atmospheric carbon that is released during the generation of power. (

Via is shipping a Linux-friendly x86-compatible desktop processor, accompanied by a "Clean Computing Initiative" aimed at offsetting the chips environmental cost.

The C7-D clocks at 1.5GHz or 1.8GHz, and is shipping in an RoHS-compliant 21mm-square package.

Via calls the C7-D the first "carbon-free" desktop processor, promising that atmospheric carbon released during generation of the power needed to run the chip throughout its expected life-cycle will be offset by regional conservation, reforestation, and energy programs initiated or contributed to by Via.

The "initial offsets" for the C7-D will be worked out in cooperation with Carbon Footprint, a U.K. based "carbon footprint management specialist," Via says.

Additionally, Via says it will work with partners to build, certify, and promote carbon-free components, as well as entire carbon-free PCs.

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