Data I/0[R] Corporation Announces 60 Million Wireless Phones Served

8/29/2002 - Data I/O, a leading provider of manual and automated programming systems, announced its customers have programmed more than 60 million wireless phones using the ProLine-RoadRunnerTM, the company’s state-of-the-art inline programming system for Flash Memory devices.

The RoadRunner’s FlashCORETM architecture contains the world’s fastest Flash programmer. That speed — combined with the mechanical ability to program devices at the point of placement on the production line — is enabling manufacturing operations to realize dramatic reductions in inventory carrying and rework costs.

"The proliferation of the RoadRunner into the wireless industry has had a dramatic affect on our customers’ business processes, helping them excel in this highly competitive market," said Harald Weigelt, Director of European Operations at Data I/O. "With more than 60 installations worldwide, including placements within top seven wireless handset providers such as Siemens ICM and Kyocera Wireless Corporation, as well as within leading Engineering Manufacturing Service providers such as Flextronics, the RoadRunner has solidified it’s position as the preeminent high-volume automated programming system," he said.

The RoadRunner’s unique design translates to a price point at least 50 percent less than any rival inline programming system. Along with low maintenance costs and high reliability, companies using this unique Just In Time system are seeing a return on investment in terms of months, instead of years as with other third party systems. Because the programming system becomes a critical element of the entire production line, it must sustain exceptional performance levels.

"The rigorous reliability and yield requirements on an inline programming system can be overwhelming without the skills and experience of the mechanical, software, and system engineering teams here at Data I/O," said Lev Bolotin, General Manager of Automated Systems and Director of Engineering at Data I/O. "As far as I’m aware, no other third-party inline programming system installations exist today," he said.

"The RoadRunner, on the other hand, has performed so well that every customer has ordered additional units since the system’s introduction in 2000," Bolotin added. "That says quite a bit about the product’s integrity and capability."

To provide customers with completely integrated solutions, Data I/O has partnered with the leading Surface Mount Technology (SMT) companies to produce a family of systems designed specifically for the Siemens Dematic, Universal, Fuji, and Assembleon placement machines. Networking software is being developed to further integrate the RoadRunner with the SMT machines and other factory automation software systems, providing advanced security, control and monitoring of customer’s proprietary programming data.

"The RoadRunner’s FlashCORE architecture is the cornerstone of our technology development roadmap," said Kelly Hirsch, Chief Technologist at Data I/O. "We are leveraging the superior mechanical design and speed of the platform to develop programming solutions for microcontroller and NAND Flash devices with breathtaking throughput. Currently, we are programming speeds of 0.08 seconds per Mbit!"

"With this level of speed and the RoadRunner’s proven track record," she said, "we see many opportunities for further expansion into the wireless market and other segments such as automotive, consumer electronics, and smart appliances, where programming of high-density devices and complex microcontrollers are often required."

About ProLine-RoadRunner
ProLINE-RoadRunner is a patented automated inline programming system. The RoadRunner removes unprogrammed Flash Memory devices from tape, programs four devices in parallel, then delivers the programmed parts to the pick-up point of the placement machine.

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-RoadRunnerTM and FlashPAKTM 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.

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