Global Citizenship Report – FY2010

Product Design


Product Design

Reducing Hazardous Substances
We design our PCBs, and require their components, to be compliant with environmental and/or customer requirements. Likewise, in our chip operations, we design our products to meet customer and regulatory requirements. These include:

  • RoHS, the EU Directive on the Restriction of hazardous substances
  • China RoHs China’s Restriction of hazardous Substances laws
  • WEEE, the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
  • REACH, the EU Restriction Evaluation and Authorization on chemicals

Many of our products are designed to be halogen-free wherever possible, and all of our new-generation chip products are halogen-free and brominated flame-retardant free. Where appropriate, we review and make changes to the bill of materials for our products to meet customer and legislative requirements on materials while still delivering optimum performance.

We routinely incorporate third-party lab inspections into our process to verify compliance with applicable standards. We engage an external consultant to benchmark and review our practices, and we participate in joint industry training activities to help ensure that our practices are aligned with customer and industry expectations.

Energy Considerations
NVIDIA’s products are designed with a strong focus on power efficiency. In today’s computing environment, where there is heavy use of video, photos and social media sites, the GPU can be more efficient than a CPU. It can often perform imaging, search and other tasks more effectively, which represents an opportunity for widespread power savings and, ultimately, a reduction in environmental impact. For example:

  • NVIDIA Tesla solutions for high-performance computing: When compared with the latest quad-core CPU, Tesla 20-series GPU computing processors deliver equivalent performance at 1/20th the power consumption.
  • NVIDIA CUDA parallel processing architecture: For compute-intensive calculations, our parallel processing architecture allows customers to achieve the performance they need while greatly reducing the need for additional hardware or power purchases.
  • NVIDIA Optimus technology: Intelligently optimizes notebook power usage, shutting off the GPU when it’s not needed so it doesn’t drain power. Not only does this result in greater efficiency, it maximizes battery life, so batteries need to be replaced less often, conserving materials.
  • NVIDIA Tegra mobile processors: Consume far fewer watts per hour than the CPU equivalent. Tegra-powered devices use one-tenth the power of a typical notebook and one-hundredth the power of a typical desktop PC. We estimate that if 40 million devices used Tegra instead of a CPU for mobile processing, the reduction in emissions over a year would be the equivalent of taking more than 66,700 passenger vehicles off the road.

Focusing on the power efficiency of our products is becoming increasingly important for us. GPUs generally provide superior performance through higher power than CPUs, which in many cases (such as commercial applications) can enable users to accomplish their work in less time, resulting in decreased energy usage overall.

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