ValueRAM. Setting a New Standard
From component qualification through quality assurance monitoring, Kingston's ValueRAM solutions inherit
widely recognized expertise in building high quality memory modules.
strictly qualifies all of its component suppliers, including its DRAM, PCB,
resistor, capacitors, and other suppliers. In compliance with ISO 9001,
Kingston continuously monitors
component quality and periodically qualifies its suppliers. In key areas,
performs regular factory audits on-site at its suppliers' factories
Design and Engineering Validation Tests
memory products are subjected to rigorous testing processes to insure their
reliability, integrity and compatibility. Each new module design is subjected
to a series of reviews and tests that can include:
Specification Verification - Kingston
engineers verify that a module design meets the engineering specifications
issued by OEMs or industry groups such as JEDEC. Testing is performed on
dollar testers that feature proprietary software that measures and characterizes
a module's performance.
Signal Quality and Integrity Test - Kingston's Memory Technology Lab utilizes motherboards
and high-speed oscilloscopes to examine the electrical signals going into
and out of memory modules. Timing and waveform analysis reveals a module's
signal quality and integrity characteristics, which are used to predict
the quality of the module's design and components.
Reliability Tests - A series of calibrated hot and cold cycles for
up to 1,000 cycles, and a temperature and humidity stress test for up to
1,000 hours. In addition, Guardband Testing cycles
modules through a series of voltage and temperature cycles.
Manufacturing and Quality Assurance
Kingston has set up a world class manufacturing
infrastructure with ISO 9002 certified processes in the United
Europe and Taiwan.
Kingston's manufacturing lines utilize state-of-
the-art surface mount (SMT) equipment from Fuji and Panasonic. All manufacturing processes
integrate quality assurance monitoring and statistical process controls
to ensure high manufacturing yields. Kingston sample tests each lot manufactured
in order to ensure process consistency and high quality throughout. Each
customer shipment is also verified using computerized stations to minimize
shipping errors and ensure satisfied customers.
has invested over $20 million into the most sophisticated and effective
memory testing platforms for memory module production. The equipment investment
spans Kingston's manufacturing facilities in the United States, Ireland
has a consistent practice of 100% production testing of all finished goods
since its inception in 1987. This means testing every cell on every chip
on every module. On a 128MB module that is 1,024 million cells. Using proprietary
pattern testing software, Kingston's
testing process stands unequalled in the memory module industry.