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Intel chips are now going 'conflict-free'

Intel is now manufacturing “conflict-free” microprocessors, company CEO Brian Krzanich announced Monday.

According to Krzanich, Intel has established a process to certify that its microprocessors made with exotic minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) do not inadvertently subsidize conflict and human rights abuses there.

Many consumer products include microprocessors with some minerals mined in DRC, such as gold, tantalum, tin or tungsten. But Intel is now participating in a third-party inspection program that assures no revenues from the smelters that process the minerals are going to subsidize rebel groups that exploit workers and do not respect human rights.

“As a result of its efforts, Intel is manufacturing the world’s first microprocessors validated as conflict-free,” company officials explained.

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