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How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour

How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS takes you on a guided tour of Gigabyte's Motherboard Factory in Taiwan. There's a lot to producing and testing a single motherboard; a mind-boggling host of automated machines, people and processes. Gigabyte has several other factories in Taiwan and mainland China that each manufacture motherboards, videocards, and other products.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Aug 28 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Entering the Motherboard Factory

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Here's a scale model of the Nan-Ping factory, complete with its own guard house

PCstats Gigabyte Factory Tour
Inside the lobby of Nan-Ping

PCstats Gigabyte Factory Tour
The double-door air shower helps keeps dust on the factory floor down

Before entering the factory floor, and especially the SMT (Surface Mount Technology) Lines on the 7th floor of the Nan-Ping factory, workers must go through an air-shower. This small closet-sized enclosure is filled with air nozzles that blast out a stream of air towards three or four occupants at a time, dislodging any dust or particles on their clothes which could cause problems for the sensitive SMT process.

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Gigabyte's current production lines, 14 in total for this factory

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte
 Pg 1.  How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour
 Pg 2.  — Entering the Motherboard Factory
 Pg 3.  First steps in Motherboard Manufacturing
 Pg 4.  SMT Assembly Line
 Pg 5.  SMT Process Continues
 Pg 6.  Pick and Place Chipsets
 Pg 7.  Convection Ovens for PCB
 Pg 8.  In-Circuit Testing and Visual Inspection
 Pg 9.  Gigabyte's Enormous Automated Warehouse
 Pg 10.  SMT Automated Reel Storage
 Pg 11.  The Expensive Goods
 Pg 12.  Manual Assembly (DIP) Line
 Pg 13.  Installing Sockets and Ports
 Pg 14.  Wave Soldering
 Pg 15.  Flowing Over The Molton Solder
 Pg 16.  Buffing and Cleaning
 Pg 17.  Testing Stage 2: Full Hardware Tests
 Pg 18.  Automated Testing Platforms
 Pg 19.  Testing Stage 3: Burn In
 Pg 20.  Final Motherboard Packaging

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