Intel Keynote at CES: Announcement of "Conflict Free" Microprocessors

James Murray, writing for, covers the keynote address of Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Mr. Krzanich announced that “the minerals used in its microprocessor silicon and packages have not been sourced from conflict zones, making it one of the first IT companies to publicly announce that it can offer ‘conflict free’ products.” He went on to state that the minerals “had been declared ‘conflict free’ following a process of third-party audits and ‘direct validation’ from Intel’s supply chain managers.” He noted that this is just the beginning and acknowledged the industry’s complex supply chains and the need to resolve upcoming issues that are discovered.

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