Data I/0 Offers Flash Programming for M-Systems' DiskOnChip

2/26/2003 - Data I/O® Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) released high-speed flash programming support for M-Systems' (Nasdaq: FLSH) DiskOnChip® products. M-Systems DiskOnChip is a family of high-performance, single-chip flash disks available in a wide range of storage capacities. DiskOnChip technology is ideal for applications requiring growing amounts of non-volatile memory to store operating systems, data, and multimedia content.

Designers and manufacturers of mobile phones, PDAs, set top boxes, smart appliances, and telecom and networking infrastructure require optimal performance and high throughput programming solutions for prototyping and manufacturing. Manufacturers of these mobile devices and other products with embedded DiskOnChip devices will now be able to use Data I/O FlashPAK desktop programmer, RoadRunner in-line flash programming systems, or PS300 FlashCORETM Automated Programming Systems to design and manufacture these products.

"Data I/O FlashCORE is the ideal programming architecture for our DiskOnChip," said Raz Dan, M-Systems' Vice President of Customer Support. "The speed and stability of DiskOnChip, combined with rapid, reliable programming on Data I/O FlashCORE systems will deliver a true advantage to manufacturers in the race to market with new flash-based products."

Data I/O FlashCORE Architecture Ideal for M-Systems' device technology
In a unique partnership, Data I/O and M-Systems engineers ported M-Systems' True Flash File System® (TrueFFS®), directly to the Data I/O FlashCORE programming architecture. The FlashCORE architecture is the foundation of revolutionary high-speed flash programming systems that deliver the lowest cost per programmed device. By integrating TrueFFS into the FlashCORE architecture, customers will be able to program DiskOnChip at speeds no other programming method can match. DiskOnChip devices are programmed on the FlashPAK and ProLINE-RoadRunner at a rate of 0.3 sec/Mbit, several times faster than existing programming solutions.

FlashPAKTM Programming System: Optimized for High-Density Flash Device Programming
Data I/O FlashPAK is a high-speed gang desktop Flash Programming System for prototype and production programming environments. The FlashPAK Programming System is designed to program the leading high-density flash memory devices at near theoretical minimum programming times, and at the lowest cost per programmed part. FlashPAK uses the fastest Flash programming architecture available to deliver unmatched yield and the highest possible throughput.

ProLINE-RoadRunnerTM: The world's fastest and most cost effective in-line flash programming system
The ProLINE-RoadRunner an automated in-line programming feeder, is targeted for high-volume users of high-density flash memory devices including cellular phone, automotive, and PDA manufacturers. The RoadRunner removes flash memory devices from tape, programs four devices in parallel, then delivers the programmed parts to the pick-up point of the placement machine.

PS300TM FlashCORETM Automated Programming System for high volume programming
The PS300FC automated programming system accommodates up to twelve programmers (up to 48 programming sites), surpassing any throughput currently available. Combining FlashCORE programmers with a high-speed handler produces a machine designed specifically for flash memory applications, and has a unique architecture that delivers the lowest programming cost for high-density flash devices. This is accomplished by a combination of exceptional programming speed, reliable handler platform, system scalability, and software-based process control.

About M-Systems
M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) 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. For more information, please visit M-Systems on the Internet at

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, Micro 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, see or call 800-426-1045.

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