Kingston Explains the Manufacturing Process Behind RAM and Solid State Drives

Paul Lilly

A rare inside look at how PC components are made

It's easy to take for granted the parts that we put inside our PCs, but have you ever stopped to wonder about what's involved to build each piece? The manufacturing process of different components is rather fascinating, though for one reason or another, we rarely catch a glimpse of how it's done. Many of the factories are overseas, which presents a logistics problem for inside looks, and some companies are super secretive with their operations. However, Kingston allowed the folks at GamerNexus to take a look at how RAM and SSDs are made, and if you're a fan of technology, it's a must-read article with accompanying video.

Kingston and GamerNexus give readers a walkthrough of the company's SMT (Surface-Mount Technology) lines along with the memory testing and assembly process. The neat thing about SMT lines is that the same ones can be used to produce different products, such as RAM and motherboards.

After inspecting the PCBs (printed circuit boards), they're placed in a machine that plops on-module components onto the sticks, such as caps and resistors, using suction pressure. Eventually DRAM is placed onto the modules, cooked, and sent out for testing. Interestingly, Kingston said it takes about 15 to 30 minutes for a one-sided memory module to get through the SMT line, and about 4 hours to complete the entire assembly process, including testing, from start to finish and out the door.

Check out the full article for more geeky details and a bunch of pics.

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