7/20/2004 - Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) continues to expand its commitment to reducing the amount of lead (Pb) and other hazardous materials in programmable logic devices. Xilinx has already shipped more than 1.5 million Pb-free, RoHS-compliant units and is reporting a consistent increase in the volume of environmentally friendly product shipments each month. Pb-free and RoHS (Directive of the European Parliament on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) solutions are available from Xilinx for many of its leading product families.
The FPGA leader's commitment to earth friendly solutions was also recognized by Sony Corp, which named Xilinx as one of its Green Partners in early September 2003. Sony established the Sony Green Partner Standards in July 2001 with the aim of encouraging suppliers to introduce Green Partner environmental management systems. The qualification is based on Xilinx meeting Sony's requirements for reduced use of environmentally-sensitive related substances.
"We are pleased to be one of the leaders in advanced Pb-free and ROHS-compliant semiconductor packaging and manufacture. The fact that we can deliver environmentally friendly products without any performance or quality compromises is a huge win for all stakeholders, and is at the core of our corporate culture," said B.C. Ooi, vice president of Operations at Xilinx. "We congratulate the partners in our supply chain who are instrumental in driving Pb-free initiatives, and we look forward to reaching new levels of environmentally-sound practices in the future."
Environmentally Friendly Offering
The use of Pb and other hazardous materials in electronic products is an increasingly visible environmental and political concern. OEM initiatives and legislation are being implemented globally to drive the removal of these materials from electronic products. With a clearly defined roadmap and cooperation with technology partners and the semiconductor supply chain, Xilinx has built a process to produce products that will meet the requirements and timelines of OEM initiatives and legislative directives such as RoHS (which also addresses levels of Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Cadmium, and PBB or PBDE flame retardants).
In addition to the aggressive reduction of hazardous substances in its products, the Company's goal is to actively remove potentially hazardous materials from all aspects of its business, including manufacturing, product design and packing materials. Xilinx underscores this commitment to environmentally responsible practices and standards through its current certification to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standard with programs in place for recycling, waste reduction and energy management.
More information about Pb-free and Green solutions from Xilinx is available at: http://www.xilinx.com/pbfree
Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit www.xilinx.com.
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