Intel is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the assembly test technology development (ATTD) lab where some of the most critical computer electronics are brought to life.
Rob Kelton takes us through a high-volume test factory in Oregon, where Intel researches and develops processing equipment like computer chips before they get shipped off to the manufacturing divisions. In order to accurately test and develop complicated parts like computer chips, thousands of engineers must create automated machines that can help out in the process.
Intel has streamlined their chip testing with housings called sort modules that each group 20 individual test cells. These cells are where the pre-assembled chips go through rigorous performance and defect tests.
On another notable stop, Kelton visits a quality house in Arizona where packaged chips are sent for even further QA testing. Some valuable packaging manufacturing takes place here as well, which furthers Intel's ability to streamline shipping and packaging before the main assembly.
Kelton details a full-circle moment of watching this very video on a computer featuring a chip that has undergone thousands of hours of these exact tests and pre-assembly checks. Watch the full video to learn more about how critical these assembly tests are.