Sustainable manufacturing | Education Technology | Looking ahead
TI’s semiconductor manufacturing and Education Technology (ET) teams continued monitoring ever-changing laws and regulations, and implementing improvements to ensure the company maintained compliance with all applicable standards and certifications.
TI spent significant time evaluating conflict minerals, Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and China Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) laws and regulations to ensure requirements are fully met.
Additionally, we continued to review global restricted and banned substances. We compare this list to what our vendors supply and what our customers specify to maintain compliance.
There were other noteworthy activities during the year:
- The March earthquake in Japan left many residents and companies nervous about exposure to radioactive substances. TI monitored radioactivity readings around nearby facilities and in ambient (outdoor) air and found no increased levels. Local government agencies are conducting ongoing monitoring as well and will notify us should levels rise.
- TI began evaluating and implementing manufacturing controls at former National Semiconductor fabrication sites in the U.S., Malaysia and Scotland, which TI acquired late in the year. We also began training their on-site environmental, health and safety leaders on our standards and operating protocols.
- Our cross-functional worldwide product regulatory compliance steering team continued to make progress in ensuring that we design and manufacture our evaluation modules – devices customers use in their own product development processes,– in accordance with applicable regulations.
- TI unveiled a new PowerStack™ packaging technology, a unique 3-D solution that essentially stacks semiconductor chips vertically, reducing board space by about half. This is critical for wireless, computing and telecom applications. It also reduces total energy and cooling costs. As a result, customers can make smaller electronics that are more powerful, yet efficient to operate.
TI’s ET team:
- Introduced educational products to a new global market, Russia. This included the TI-30 eco RS calculator, which contains solar cells instead of batteries.
- Upgraded its retail packaging line that reduces the amount of polyvinyl chlorides within the packaging by 50 percent.
- Stopped including batteries that contain more than 5 parts per million of mercury in our products.
- Continued to participate in Europe’s Green Dot program.
In 2012, TI will continue:
- Monitoring emerging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations and other global legislation that impacts manufacturing to ensure ongoing compliance with sustainable manufacturing principles.
- Integrating and aligning National Semiconductor’s fabrication sites, standards and processes to ensure that their manufacturing facilities are operated according to TI’s sustainable manufacturing principles.
- Complying with packing and labeling standards when shipping products.