Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich announced that all Intel products shipping from the second quarter of 2016 would be free of materials, minerals and elements that stem from conflict zones.

Since 2009, Intel has pledged to avoid the use of materials gold, tantalum and tungsten among others, that had been sourced from areas of heavy conflict such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“When Intel started its work to address conflict minerals and gaps in diversity and inclusion, we were told by many people that our goals were unrealistic and would be impossible to achieve,” said Krzanich in a statement issued after the CES keynote.

The CEO went on to say, “Our collective efforts show that we can influence entirely new and different ways of doing business that also improve the human experience.”

While Intel processors have been conflict-free since last year, this announcement means that all products shipped by Intel will be conflict free. Intel has said that maintaining accountability in the supply chain is an ongoing process, but one that needs to be done.

Elsewhere in the keynote Intel announced a partnership with Replay Technologies to bring sports fans closer to the action. The freeD techonology from Replay Technologies will reportedly give viewers the ability to watch a replay from any angle and then share a custom clip with friends online.

Our favourite tiny chip Curie, also made an appearance. A partnership with Intel and ESPN will see athletes participating in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle and Men’s Snowboard Big Air competitions at X Games Aspen 2016 fitted with a Curie module.

Spectators and athletes will then be able to see real-time information such as in-air rotations, jump height, speed and more thanks to the tiny chip.

Intel's tiny Curie module will take centre stage at X Games Aspen 2016. Image Intel
Intel’s tiny Curie module will take centre stage at X Games Aspen 2016. Image Intel

Finally, Krzanich also revealed plans of an Intel partnership with Vox Media, Re/code and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation which will seek to stifle online harassment.

The initiative will be fully unveiled later this week and will try to help make the smart and increasingly connected world we live in a safer and more inclusive place.

[Image CC by 2.0 – Responsible Sourcing Network]