HardOCP had a factory tour at Centaur's offices in Austin, Texas. This is a wholly owned subsidiary of VIA Technologies that makes the new CN processors.
I have been to more than a few factories where processors and other semiconductors are made in the last decade, but the trip to Centaur proved to be full of many “firsts” for me. Keeping in mind that Centaur is building CPUs up from the design level to actually testing them in-house is an amazing feat for a company with less than 100 employees. The one thing that is not done in the Centaur building is the actual fabrication of the processor die. VIA has that done by their partners that currently consist of Fujitsu, IBM, and TSMC. And of course full production is not done in this facility either, but most of the “test runs” are done here before sending the part out for final consumer-level production.
Join us below on our tour through the Centaur facility, just as we followed along this week. It proved to be quite interesting and simply amazing. Centaur made building a CPU look easy.