Global Citizenship
Letter from our CEOSocial Impact of the GPUFY11 Citizenship Report

Product Design

Energy Considerations
Power efficiency is central in the design of our processors. GPUs are inherently more energy efficient than other forms of computation because they are optimized for performance per watt. At NVIDIA, we are relentlessly focused on improving this metric. For smart phone and tablet users, we expect this to result in longer-lasting battery life and a better overall experience. For researchers using high performance computers, we expect this to save energy, costs, space, and allow them to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges. Across our portfolio of products, we’re setting the bar for energy efficient computing:
  • 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 1/10th the cost and 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.
Tegra-powered devices
NVIDIA Tegra-powered devices use one-tenth the power of a typical notebook and one-hundredth the power of a typical desktop PC.

To learn more about our philosophy on power efficiency and how NVIDIA customers are saving money and energy, visit Power Efficiency in the report section titled the Social Impact of the GPU.

Reducing Hazardous Substances
We design our printed circuit boards 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 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.

For more info, visit the supply chain section of this report.