Sapphire Technology

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Sapphire Technology Limited
Native name
IndustryComputer hardware
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
Graphics Cards
Number of employees
105+ (2018)

Sapphire Technology (Chinese: 藍寶科技) is a Hong Kong-based technology company, founded in 2001, which produces graphics cards for personal computers and workstations, motherboards, TV tuner cards, digital audio players[1] and LCDTVs[2]

Sapphire's products are based on AMD graphics processing units, and both AMD (ATI) and Intel motherboard chipset technology. The company is the largest supplier of AMD-based video cards in the world.[3][4]

Sapphire was the first company to release a video card with a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connector.[5]

Sapphire was the first company to release a video card having clock speed of 1000 MHz (1 GHz) with the release of the Sapphire Atomic Edition HD 4890.

Manufacturing facilities[edit]

As of 2007, Sapphire has two ISO 9001 and ISO 14001-certified manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, China, which have a monthly production capacity of 1.8 million video cards.[4] The manufacturing facility had an area of about 250,000 m2 used by 16 independent production lines as of May 2005.

Manufacturing process[edit]

A Sapphire Radeon HD 3650

Sapphire buys printed circuit boards (PCB), the basic part of a graphics card, from an external contractor. The next step in the process is placement of the surface mount device (SMD) components. This is performed by a fully automated placement machine. Soldering is performed using the reflow soldering method.[6] It then uses AMD Graphics' technology to place the memory and GPU required for the specific graphic card.



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