Data I/O Celebrates 30 Years in Device Programming

6/19/2002 - Data I/O® Corporation (NASDAQ:DAIO), a leading provider of device programming and handling solutions, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this month. Since the company introduced the world’s first commercial programmer in 1972, it has consulted with hundreds of leading electronic manufacturers in order to develop innovative solutions, such as the world’s fastest inline programming system — ProLINE-RoadRunner™, and the most cost-effective manual programming system — FlashPAKTM.

"For 30 years, Data I/O has remained a leader in an industry that is constantly evolving," said Fred Hume, President of Data I/O Corporation. "Data I/O accomplished this by combining innovation with a deep understanding of our customers’ business needs."

Among Data I/O Corporation’s accomplishments over the past 30 years:

30 Years of Change
While Data I/O’s spirit of innovation may not have changed, the semiconductor device programming industry has changed a lot over 30 years. When Data I/O introduced the world’s first commercial device programmer in 1972, a list of all the available devices fit on a single sheet of paper, and Data I/O’s first programmer accepted algorithms from a punched paper tape.

One of the most important changes has been the dramatic increase in device programming speed. Devices supported by Data I/O’s Model 1 typically programmed at speeds of 0.2 sec/byte, compared to it’s newest solution that programs at speeds of 0.24 sec/Mbit. This rise in programming speed is a response to several industry trends, including larger file sizes and faster silicon. Current Flash Memory devices have densities up to 256 Mbits (32Mbytes), but the PROMs used by Data I/O customers 30 years ago were considered state-of-the-art at only 64 bytes density. Moreover, as competitive pressures force companies to implement lean manufacturing strategies, programming must be done very efficiently — despite frequent code changes, firmware upgrades, and decentralized manufacturing.

Recognizing the need for fast, efficient programming, Data I/O is continuing its 30-year tradition of innovation by introducing a Connected Programming Strategy that connects engineering to manufacturing, business processes to business systems, and the programming supply chain to its users. "Along with our high-speed programming solutions, the Connected Programming Strategy enables seamless transfer of data, just-in-time programming, minimized inventory, flexible manufacturing, and faster time-to-market," Hume added.

To celebrate its 30th Anniversary as a leading provider of device programmers, Data I/O offers the following statistics on how far the industry has come.

1972 2002
Typical density per device64 Byte (PROM) 16Mbit (2MByte)(Flash)
Average cost per byte $1 $.000002
Typical programming speed 0.2 sec/byte 0.24 sec/Mbit
Time to market, electronic products Years 6 months
Frequency of product firmware changes 1x /year 6x /year
Number of outsourced mfg partners 0 3 - 5

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 customers. By combining leading edge technology and a deep understanding of our customers’ business processes, Data I/O is creating systems that dramatically improve Return on Investment. New systems include the world’s fastest and most cost-effective inline and manual Flash programming solutions, ProLINE-RoadRunner™ and FlashPAK™ Networked Programming System. The company’s Connected Programming Strategy optimizes programming from design through manufacturing by creating a networked solution that connects engineering to manufacturing, business processes to business systems, and the firmware supply chain to its users. Data I/O Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, and has sales and service offices worldwide. For more information, visit

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