Friday, June 9, 2017

How Motherboards Are Made by Gigabyte in Taiwan

By Asia Pop Culture

Gigabyte Technology (技嘉科技) has become the world's largest motherboard vendor.  Gigabyte is a multi-international tech companies based in Taiwan.  PCWorld this month visited the company's factory in Taiwan to find out how those motherboards are manufactured.


According to PCWorld, Gigabyte's Nan Ping factory in Pingzhen City, about an hour west of Taipei, is the last remaining motherboard factory in Taiwan. It produces about 400,000 units per month, or about a quarter of Gigabyte's total motherboard output.

(Unfortunately we were unable to embed the video by PCWorld for this story, so here is a video from YouTube illustrating how motherboards are made at Gigabyte).




Robots do a lot of the most complex work for humans.  However, as you can see from the video, a surprising amount of construction is still done by human hands -- the insertion of many larger components, for instance, quality control visual inspections, and the box packaging.

Regarding  the human-machine relationship at Gigabyte, hre is how PCWorld described it:
Humans and machines often work together. Machines that attach teeny transistors have humans managing their supply. Small, wheeled robots deliver components to people on the assembly line. Human hands may pack the motherboards and accessories into boxes, but they scan each component against an electronic checklist to ensure the package has everything required.
Taiwan has long established itself in the niche technology sector globally with home-grown international companies like Gigabyte and ASUS (華碩電腦).  According to Forbes, Taiwan derives a fifth of its economy from mostly hardware such as PCs, tablets and smartphones for export.   Although Gigabyte did report a YoY revenue increase of 20%+ in May, there is a major land mine - Taiwan isn’t keeping up in software which could negatively impact its other tech business ... soon (  This is mainly because salaries aren’t high enough to attract Taiwan’s endless supply of university-educated talent, according to industry researchers.

This is a case where lower wage/salaries cuts both ways.  In one way, lower wage is why the likes of Apple have invested in Taiwan to be their premier manufacturer, but that 'cost advantage' also hurts in the long term.  I guess this is part of the 'growing pains' every region has to go through and wish Taiwan government may cleverly maneuver out of this undercurrent eventually.    

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