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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Jan/Feb 2003 : Special Section

Special Section

NEC Unveils Ecological "All-In-One" Desktop

NEC Solutions (America), Inc., a leading provider of business solutions and
services for the high-end commercial and professional markets in North America, has introduced the PowerMate eco, the first all-in-one, fanless ecological PC. The PowerMate eco is also designed with laptop components to keep the overall footprint small and power requirements down, while delivering high functionality required in a variety of work environments.

The PowerMate eco includes a 15-inch TFT LCD flat panel screen that does not contain the boron commonly found in traditional CRT monitors. The unit also contains a motherboard made with lead-free solder. In addition, the PowerMate eco is made of NuCycle™ plastic—an NEC-patented plastic that is 100 percent recyclable. NuCycle is made of polycarbonate resin mixed with a special, flame-retardant silicone compound. Other computer plastics have flame retardant brominated coatings applied, which do retard flames, but produce harmful gases in the process. NuCycle’s flame retardant is non-toxic and built-in, requiring no toxic coating.

Recent reports outline the negative impact PCs have on the environment, particularly once they reach the landfill. The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition points out that the average desktop PC is comprised of at least 36 chemicals including lead, barium, boron and cobalt. Additionally, it is estimated that nearly 10 million PCs arrive at landfills throughout the world every year. The PowerMate eco does not contain any of these chemicals.

“NEC has long been a leader in creating strict environmental standards in Japan and Europe, and we in the U.S. are bringing that expertise to our domestic market with the introduction of the PowerMate eco,” said Larry Miller, vice president and general manager, Mobile Solutions Division of NEC Solutions America.

The PowerMate eco is targeted at high density computing locations such as call centers, hospitals, reception desks and financial trading rooms, where noise, heat and desktop real estate are concerns in today’s computing environment.

For more information about Mobile Solutions, visit
www.necsolu or contact (888) 632-8701.

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