Intel Demonstrates a Green PC that has 90 Percent Recyclability
by Michael Diamond | March 1, 2023

The News: Intel continues its commitments towards an eco-friendlier future as the company recently collaborated with partners Tsinghua Tongfang and Acer to showcase a new generation of Green PCs at an event in Beijing. The PCs showcased had designs making their components 90 percent recyclable, which is excellent for the sustainable PC movement. Read the article from Intel for more information.

Intel Demonstrates a Green PC that has 90 Percent Recyclability

Analyst Take: The market for green or eco-friendly technology is on the rise as more organizations and consumers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and ramp up their sustainability efforts. The collaboration between Intel, Tsinghua Tongfang, and Acer to develop and showcase a Green PC is an excellent demonstration of how companies can get together and innovate to achieve eco-friendly solutions. During the Green PC demo, Intel outlined four key points for its high-energy, low-carbon concept, which included definition and design, manufacturing, and delivery, use and maintenance, and recovery and recycling.

The collaboration on the Green PC between the companies achieved a much better recyclability rate in many ways, such as reducing the number of components and using more recyclable materials (e.g., glass and organic materials) on the motherboard, adjusting Intel’s Green Computer Software Center to a low-carbon mode, a less powerful stock cooler, a smaller Gallium nitride power supply, and a smaller case.

To add more color, the motherboard itself had a 22 percent material reduction that declined from 1,800 to 1,400 components, translating into a 36 percent size reduction of the motherboard area. In addition, Intel and its partners said they can achieve a 95 percent recycling rate for metal and glass fibers and 90 percent for organic matter. The power supply for the Green PC is gallium nitride-based, which offers a fanless design, delivers a 12-volt output, and is up to 70 percent smaller.

The device is also being optimized leveraging Intel’s Green Computer Software Control Center that dynamically senses the user’s current workload, and then optimizing the PC’s operation to maximize efficiency. The Green PC that was on display was outfitted with a 12-generation Alder Lake processor.

The market for eco-friendly products is on the rise as consumers and organizations are continuing to seek ways of reducing their carbon footprints. The collaboration between Intel, Tsinghua Tongfang, and Acer on a Green PC is an excellent example of vendors working together to come up with innovation solutions to address global problems. The Green PC the vendors came up with is not a premium device, but concepts such as this should also be well received in budget conscious segments. This should be especially attractive to consumers and businesses who like to buy lower-priced refurbished products in an effort to control/cut costs.

Disclosure: Futurum Research is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of Futurum Research as a whole.

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About the Author

Michael Diamond is an industry analyst and foresight professional with 25 years of experience in the IT channel and market research industry. He is a route-to-market expert covering desktop and mobile devices, collaboration, contact center, ProAV, data center infrastructure, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining Futurum Research, Michael worked for The NPD Group as the sole industry analyst covering indirect channels, cybersecurity, SMB and vertical market trends, data center infrastructure (e.g., enterprise storage, servers, networking), ProAV and PCs. He has been quoted by media outlets such as Bloomberg, Kiplinger, TWICE, OPI (Office Products International), Apple World today, Dark Reading, Enterprise Storage Forum, Credit-Suisse, Footwear News, CRN (Computer Reseller News), Channel Futures and Into Tomorrow.  Michael has presented at myriad events including The Channel Company’s Xchange, The Global Technology Distribution Council’s summit, SMB TechFest and more.