ASUS has just announced Auto-Extreme, its new production process for making video cards. Auto-Extreme is "the industry's first fully-automated production process" reports Tom's Hardware.
Normally, video cards are constructed by hand with the help of machines, but there is always the chance of human error. The new process from ASUS looks to eliminate human error, with full automation from PCB manufacturing, all the way through to manufacturing the MOSFETs. Some of the PCB components used to be made by hand, but now ASUS has fully automated the process, ushering in a new wave of video card production.
The automation process also allows for a higher precision, made possible because humans aren't touching the process. Installation of the components can also be completed without oxidation, and in environments that aren't healthy for humans. ASUS should be able to offer consumers a lower failure rate, bolstered by reduced production costs which should hopefully spin down to consumers, and longer lifetime on cards.
The first cards to be made from Auto-Extreme are the 20th anniversary video cards from ASUS.