ASUS Leads the Way for Greener Computing with Launch of Halogen-free Product Processes across Major Product Lines

ASUS Initiates Halogen-free Processes in 2009

In the first quarter of 2009, ASUS will become one of the pioneers in the IT industry with the launch of halogen-free processes across its major product portfolio. Products from its component to system product lines include: motherboards, notebooks, Eee PC, LCD monitors, graphic cards, servers and mobile phones. ASUS will expend massive efforts to phase in the Halogen-free process dependent upon the availability of economically viable and safe substitutes. In addition, ASUS will invest in phasing in these processes in 2009. The first Halogen-free products in different product line include: the VX5 notebook, the P5Q Deluxe motherboard, the EAH3650 Silent graphics card, the VK193T LCD monitor, the P565 handheld, the Z8PE-D12X serverboard, and the Eee PC™ 900A. ASUS will continue to introduce more Halogen-free models to its portfolio.

P5Q Deluxe Motherboard VK193T LCD Monitor
Eee PC™ 900A Z8PE-D12X Serverboard
P565 PDA Phone EAH3650 Silent Graphics Card

Importance of Halogen-free Products

Halogen contains two hazardous elements—Bromin and Chlorine, widely used in electronic materials as Brominated Flame Retardant or Chlorinated Flame Retardant. During recycling processes, burning electronic waste containing these two hazardous chemicals will generate a huge amount of corrosive toxic gases. If people absorb or are exposed to these toxic gases, these toxins will be stored in the body's lipids, and will not be broken down. In the long run, these toxins are health endangering, and cause the formation of tumors, carcinogenesis, and deformity in the body. ASUS aggressively implements Halogen-free project for feeling that corporate responsibility is the top priority.

ASUS Spurs Green Computing Revolution with Bamboo Series Notebook

In 2008, ASUS has taken a very aggressive stance in contributing more to the environment. With its constant drive towards environmental friendly products like the launching of the GreenASUS concept design Bamboo Series notebook in August, 2008, ASUS N Series notebooks had registered at EPEAT "Gold" level in Oct and had garnered the EU Flower certification in Nov, and EuP certification in Dec.

The launch of the ASUS Bamboo Series Notebook underlines the leadership in and the commitment to drive towards environmental friendly technology. This groundbreaking bamboo-clad product focuses on being truly green throughout every phase of its life – from its conception, production and use to its eventual recycling and disposal. ASUS staffs at all levels leveraged the full spectrum of environmental expertise that the company has accumulated since 2000 when it initiated its GreenASUS drive – before the RoHS and WEEE directives were enforced.