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Exponential Efficiency Gains: Q&A with AMD’s Sam Naffziger

Exponential Efficiency Gains: Q&A with AMD’s Sam Naffziger

Energy efficiency gains are built right into Advanced Micro Devices’ microprocessors, known as the “brains” of computing devices. In 2014, AMD announced the 25×20 Energy Efficiency Initiative targeting a 25-fold improvement in the energy efficiency of its accelerated processing units by 2020. If the company built cars, that would be … Read more »

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AMD Processor Cuts Personal Computing GHG Emissions 50%

AMD’s latest computer processor reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent compared to the previous generation processor, according to an AMD carbon footprint analysis. AMD says this shows its business clients can reduce the environmental footprint of their technology and lower operating costs, while improving performance and efficiency. Some 60 … Read more »

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Could Cigarette Butts Power Computers?

About 765,000 tons of cigarette butts are thrown every year in the US. Scientists from South Korea have found a sustainable use for this waste stream, converting cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store energy. In … Read more »


Computer E-Waste Could Reach 1bn PCs by 2020

Computer recycling capacity will need to be able to cope with more than a billion PCs by 2020, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management. As access to technology increases in the developing world, the problem of recycling and disposal of desktop and notebook … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »

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