We address the sustainability of our products through our Environmental Management System and various hazardous-substance elimination programs. We practice the “precautionary principle,” taking preventative measures regarding certain chemicals, even if science hasn’t indicated clear environmental or health hazards. Our own policies are often more stringent than applicable law.
Getting the lead out.
The health and environmental hazards of lead are well documented. We have been proactive in removing lead from our products since 1999. Following our successful introduction of lead-free flip-chips in 2010, we now incorporate lead-free design in all new integrated-circuit products, whenever technically and economically feasible.
Eliminating bromine and chlorine.
Although regulations do not prohibit the use of all brominated and chlorinated compounds in our products, we have been proactive in eliminating them because of the potential hazards they pose.