This year, too, we had a productive visit to GigaBite's factory and we received an original interview that revealed a little about the future
HWzone surfers get a glimpse of one of the most important and significant places in the world of hardware - a gigabyte factory in Taiwan, which produces hundreds of thousands of motherboards and video cards, even from the most advanced production conditions in the world. This is the only factory left in Taiwan for motherboards, with the vast majority of manufacturers relocating their activities in the field to China.
The plant remains one of the company's four leading factories (established somewhere in 2000), production rate and production technology only improve from year to year and it reaches a tens of percent improvement. In numbers it is almost 500 thousand motherboards per month, the output of over one thousand two hundred workers. The building in which the factory is located contains eight floors, where the entire production process is spread over six floors. Each floor is dedicated to a different component or process, from the warehouse, through the packaging of the products, the mobile floor and the servers to the video cards, motherboards and a carrier.
The most important process that is relevant to hardware enthusiasts is the assembly and production and testing of hardware (motherboards / video cards). The full process can be found in detail In an article we did in the year that passed
, So that we can really focus on the innovations and changes made in the plant last year. So let's start, the process itself remains the same, you can see in the pictures below the assembling of components, from the bare PCB through the processSMT
(MT Surface-mount technology
), Which is improving with the help of newer and more efficient machines, whose work rate is higher and more accurate.
The post-SMT test process has been upgraded and allows testers to achieve a precision of 100 per cent Motherboard
, This means that the chances of an agent failing at some point (after this stage) due to soldering or PCB failure is very slim.
At the end of the process, when the motherboard is ready to contain all components, it reaches test positions that have also been improved to meet the growing demand and in fact ensure maximum reliability for the user. The tester has an entire system, containing Cooling, Memory card, video card, PCI / E-slot slot, and in a very simple process it places all of these on the motherboard and runs on a few seconds of the link board.
The highlight and in fact the bigger and more significant change that the plant has undergone "physically" is the construction of a huge room, whose whole purpose is to run performance tests on the company's new Black series motherboards, which boast a successful completion of no less than 168 consecutive hours of tests Highest level performance. The room itself is impressive and it crosses the factory on the right, and there are dozens of motherboards arranged in storey shelves one above the other.
During the process the motherboards continuously undergo performance tests, when there is any failure, the system notifies the operator, who arrives and physically checks what is causing the failure itself, whether it is the motherboard itself or some failed component (memory for example), at the end of the motherboard process is packaged in black. Not to be missed, this is what it looks like.