[Fwd: The Costs of Making a DRAM Chip]
Joseph S. Barrera III
Thu, 23 Jan 2003 11:33:18 -0800
Uh oh. Aren't we running out of nitrogen gas?
Oh, and besides the water and nitrogen, they
use chemicals as well...
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Subject: The Costs of Making a DRAM Chip
Date: 23 Jan 2003 18:26:07 -0000
Posted by: michael, on 2003-01-23 17:57:03
Topic: tech2, 51 comments
from the paying-the-price dept.
Anonymous Coward writes "Researchers at the United Nations
University in Tokyo studied the physical and environmental costs to
produce one 32-megabyte DRAM chip. Their conclusion? The UNU team
found that to make every one of the millions manufactured each year
requires 32 kg of water, 1.6 kg of fossil fuels, 700 grams of
elemental gases (mainly nitrogen), and 72 grams of chemicals (hundreds
are used, including lethal arsine gas and corrosive hydrogen