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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  • duk3
    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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  • Anonymous
    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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  • Anonymous
    well duh, more pages means more ads showing, which is good for Tom.
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  • xaira
    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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  • sliem
    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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  • duk3
    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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  • Anonymous
    well duh, more pages means more ads showing, which is good for Tom.
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  • Trueno07
    Picture 17 is incredible.
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  • requiemsallure
    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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  • Haserath
    Picture 24: Is it a good thing or a bad thing that that is empty? :)
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  • Anonymous
    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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  • cembung
    need videos!
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  • enzo matrix
    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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  • tsnorquist
    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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  • hundredislandsboy
    I think I recognized one of the workers. She also works part-time as a booth babe.
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  • hundredislandsboy
    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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  • mehrdadr
    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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  • psighost
    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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  • bin1127
    wow, that is a lot of testing going on. asus must be their best friend or something.
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  • mavroxur
    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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  • JohnnyLucky
    Interesting photo tour. A little explanation would have made the tour better.
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  • hundredislandsboy
    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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  • r0x0r
    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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