All Intel processors for 2014 to be conflict mineral-free

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Krzanich notes how 'The minerals are important but not as important as the lives of the people who work to get them.'

CONFLICT-FREE. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that in 2014, the minerals used to make Intel microprocessors will be conflict-free. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Intel announced on January 6 (January 7, Philippine time), that it would continue creating processors without the use of minerals mined from war-torn areas.

At its keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich explained the phenomenon of mining for conflict minerals.

Conflict minerals are so named because they are mined under conditions of war, violence, or human rights abuses.

Currently, there are 4 types of conflict minerals: gold, columbite-tantalite, cassiterite, and wolframite. Elements extracted from these minerals – tungsten, tantalum, and tin, as well as gold itself – are used in the creation of electronics and other items.

The Verge reports the company took special note of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions of lives are lost through the mining of precious gems and minerals that fund an unending war effort.

In a roundup on Barrons, Krzanich is quoted as saying, “The minerals are important, but not as important as the lives of the people who work to get them.”

Krzanich then announced that all Intel processors made in 2014 will be “conflict-free,” inviting other companies to support the initiative. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.