Data I/0 and M-Systems Announce Collaboration

11/18/2002 - Data I/O), the leading provider of manual and automated programming systems, and M-Systems, a leader in Flash-based data storage products, have announced that both companies will collaborate to provide FlashCORETM based programmer support for M-Systems line of DiskOnChip products.

“Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and contract manufacturers will have a powerful combination of high-performing Flash storage devices and high-speed programming”, said Kelly Hirsch, Chief Technologist at Data I/O. “In electronics industries requiring higher density memory in small spaces, the need for rapid, consistent support of new, innovative devices such as the DiskOnChip product line is critical to their product’s success. The agreement with M-Systems gives OEM’s consistent support on our high speed programming systems.”

The FlashCORE architecture is behind a line of high-speed Flash programming systems that deliver the lowest cost per programmed device. DiskOnChip is a family of high-performance, single-chip Flash disks available in a wide range of capacities. This unique data-storage solution offers a faster, low cost solution for applications with limited space. By integrating M-Systems TrueFFS® (Flash File System) into the FlashCORE architecture, customers will be able to program M-Systems DiskOnChip at speeds no other programming system provider can match. For example, FlashPAK will program four 22MB image files in 30 seconds. This translates to roughly 10 times faster than a comparable NOR Flash device.

“Data I/O provides an essential resource tool to our large OEMs which require mass programming”, said Nir Wakrat, Field Applications Engineer, of M-Systems. “The speed of the ProLine-RoadRunner, PS300 FC and the FlashPAK will provide the fastest and most efficient DiskOnChip programming solutions available today.”

Designers and manufacturers of wireless handsets and PDAs, set top boxes, smart appliances, and telecom/datacom infrastructure require high-density, high performance, low-cost devices and programming solutions. The relationship between Data I/O and M-Systems provides customers with significant advantages along these lines.

About M-Systems
M-Systems is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks. M-Systems' flash disks provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products are based on its patented TrueFFS® technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom. M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKey® and Fast Flash Disk (FFDTM) product families.

About Data I/O
Celebrating 30 years of innovative leadership in the device programming industry, Data I/O Corporation® (NASDAQ: DAIO) provides manual and automated device programming systems that specifically address the requirements of engineering and manufacturing operations. FlashCORETM is the architecture behind a family of Flash Programmers that deliver the highest throughput and lowest cost per programmed device. For Flash, Microcontroller and Logic device support, The ProWriter, MultiSyte and UniSite families provide universal support and versatility to address a wide variety of programming needs. Data I/O Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, and has sales and service offices worldwide. For more information call 800-426-1045.

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