A Tour Of The Kingston Memory Factory In Taiwan

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Marcus Yam

Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.

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  • Cool pictures.
    Could you please just put 10-15 of them on one page so I don't have to click through 44 pages?
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  • This has to be one of the least informative collections of pictures I have ever seen. After clicking through I still have no idea what the manufacturing process is (would it have made sense to present it from beginning to end?) All I have learned is that there is production (apparently the machines give birth to memory modules), testing (apparently the modules are put in test machines. But what sort of test is run?). And then there is packaging. Fascinating. Please tell me that Kingston forced you to scramble to pictures into a disorganised jumble and make random useless comments for the captions, without actually showing anything interesting.
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  • well duh, more pages means more ads showing, which is good for Tom.
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  • the computer that tells the machines what to do in my fav memory factory is running windows, coincidence, i think not, score 2 for windows: )
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  • Lol @ pic15 "It's break time!"
    should say "I'm sooooooooo tired, zzzzzzzz"
    or "Why did I buy an iPad? Whyyyyyyyyyy /cry"
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  • Cool pictures.
    Could you please just put 10-15 of them on one page so I don't have to click through 44 pages?
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  • well duh, more pages means more ads showing, which is good for Tom.
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  • Picture 17 is incredible.
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  • pic 21 seems like the fail rate is kinda high, i wonder if they reuse the chips that fail somehow, like in cpu's and gpu's
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  • Picture 24: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that that is empty? :)
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  • This has to be one of the least informative collections of pictures I have ever seen. After clicking through I still have no idea what the manufacturing process is (would it have made sense to present it from beginning to end?) All I have learned is that there is production (apparently the machines give birth to memory modules), testing (apparently the modules are put in test machines. But what sort of test is run?). And then there is packaging. Fascinating. Please tell me that Kingston forced you to scramble to pictures into a disorganised jumble and make random useless comments for the captions, without actually showing anything interesting.
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  • need videos!
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  • duk3Cool pictures.Could you please just put 10-15 of them on one page so I don't have to click through 44 pages?

    Indeed. Once I realize an article is a picture slideshow on toms, I don't even bother reading it. Guess I missed out this time too.
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  • Toms, may I make a suggestion regarding the picture gallery tour?

    Take a look at Nivo Slider for the image gallery/slideshow.

    It would go a long way in making a picture gallery "tour" much easier to navigate and requires very little to get working.
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  • I think I recognized one of the workers. She also works part-time as a booth babe.
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  • Cool job that will get the chicks. Get off work, go to the bar, when asked wht you do, "I make memories happen!"
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  • Interesting, You know what TOMS need? A good photographer, just look at the flash reflection on any photos which they had a glass in front of them LOL.

    Anyway thanks for letting us to see inside the factory.
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  • yea i'm betting they didn't allow for them to give a good explanation on the process. looking at the picture it's in the right order it would be made in but the description of whats going on it really wrong. the first machine they list as putting the dram on the PWB is actually putting the solder paste on the board.
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  • wow, that is a lot of testing going on. asus must be their best friend or something.
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  • I'm really surprised they don't use dedicated memory test machines....was kinda funny seeing hundreds of asus motherboards and laptops lined up doing memory tests. Still, nice article!
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  • Interesting photo tour. A little explanation would have made the tour better.
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  • Where are the bins from the "binning" process since "binning" is often mentioned in chip manufacturing? You know, there should be 3 bins, 1066, 800, 667, where they pour the the DIMMS based on quality testing?
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  • freddie_mercurywell duh, more pages means more ads showing, which is good for Tom.


    lol most of the demographic on this site are running some sort of ad-block software anyway.

    And Tom's, it's not you, it's me. It's my distrust of anything to do with marketing, actually, but you get the picture.
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