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AMD Shows How CPUs Are Made Too (Video)

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If you're reading this right now, you have a CPU. Regardless of make, the basics behind semiconductor production are the same – and have you ever wondered how companies such as AMD and Intel produce such wonderful silicon toys? Then check out this informative video to learn in 10 minutes how CPUs are made.

The video is made by AMD and goes through the same steps as the Intel picture story we published earlier in the week.

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    rawirig , 22 July 2009 05:30
    cool, im gonna see if we can watch this in physics class
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    eskimo_1 , 22 July 2009 14:07
    I still think the manufacturing process of CPU's is still quite poor considering you can lower their temprature significantly, by lapping the copper coating on them.

    AMD does a better copper manufacturing process than Intel but im still not satisfied with either of them, because i end up doing it myself.
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    Lord-Ilpolazzo , 22 July 2009 17:06
    Not really... they make these things within a defined tolerence that is "good enough" and presumably economical and practical.

    From what I have seen the tiny temperature drops you get from lapping a processor IHS (I assume thats what you meant) really are a bit of a waste of time when applied to a processor running at stock specifications. Lapping is only really of interest to the hardcore enthusiast which only really accounts to a minisucle fraction of the processors Intel/AMD sell, and presumably that is what they have decided... the extra steps are not worth it economically.

    Not to mention the heatsink is probably just as bad or worse.. and even if they sold a stock heatsink with a lapped base it's still a waste of time since the enthusiast wouldnt be satisfied with that either and would still buy some fancy after market one

    But none the less any improvment in such processes wouldn be a bad thing.. maybe it will occur over time as processes improve or older machinary is updated who knows
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    Anonymous , 23 July 2009 00:18
    Sad, they forgot Test / Speed Sorting, in the manufacturing process. It's one of the most costly parts of the process (due to fact that you can make thousands of processors in parallel, but you can only test so many at a time). I used to be a test development engineer for a mixed signal IC manufacturer and I always felt that the test engineering community were treated as a necessary evil.