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Data I/O to Display New RoadRunner3 Inline Programming System at the SMTA Capital Expo & Tech Forum

Aug 18, 2011

RoadRunner3  Inline Programming System

RoadRunner3 Inline Programming System

Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading manufacturer of hardware and software solutions for programming Flash memory and microcontrollers used in Smartphones, tablet computers, automotive electronics and consumer products, will highlight the new RoadRunner3 inline programming system at the upcoming SMTA Capital Expo & Tech Forum, which is scheduled to take place on September 13, 2011 at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, MD.

RoadRunner3 - a versatile and configurable high-speed automated inline programming feeder that mounts directly onto an SMT machine without consuming additional floor space or altering the production line - easily integrates into existing SMT processes. By removing unprogrammed Flash memory devices from tape, the RoadRunner3 programs four devices in parallel and then delivers the programmed parts to the pickup point of the placement machine. New interface kits for all major SMT machines including SIPLACE, Fuji, Panasonic and MYDATA allow customers to easily move RoadRunner3 to different SMT machines in their facility. A configurable Tape-In module adjusts for tape widths from 16 to 44 mm, thus allowing for quick job changeover.

RoadRunner3 with Factory Integration Software (FIS) modules, FIS Remote and FIS Track allows customers to manage and monitor the programming process. The FIS Remote software module eliminates operator error through automated job selection and job downloads to RoadRunner3. The FIS Track software module enables data-driven decision making to optimize the programming process and minimize scrap and rework costs through automated collection and export of programming results. To ensure optimal equipment utilization, FIS Remote and FIS Track sends e-mail alerts when RoadRunner3 needs maintenance or when yields drop below a set threshold.

RoadRunner3 features FlashCORE III, the world’s fastest Flash programming architecture available on the market today for programming high-density Flash memories such as e.MMC, SD and NAND Flash. FlashCORE III is the highest-quality proven solution for programming Microcontrollers, EPROM, EEPROM, NOR Flash and many others.

Data I/O has successfully installed hundreds of RoadRunner systems for Tier 1 companies incorporating programming into their lean manufacturing process. Customers are able to eliminate their inventory of pre-programmed devices, dramatically reduce inventory carrying and rework costs, by using the Just-In-Time programming provided by RoadRunner, as well as recognize a rapid ROI in only a matter of months.

“Since its introduction more than 10 years ago, the RoadRunner platform has programmed over 10 Billion devices and enabled the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic products to streamline their programming process, literally saving millions of dollars while simultaneously increasing production velocity. RoadRunner3 with Factory Integration Software takes streamlining the programming process to the next level by providing a combination of benefits that offline programming and ISP/ICT solutions simply cannot match, including virtually eliminating operator errors, reducing production risks and delivering the lowest cost per programmed part,” said Carl Olson, Director of Engineering at Data I/O.


For nearly 40 years, Data I/O Corporation has been the world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of innovative solutions for programmable devices. Since 1972, we have championed the use and growth of programmable devices in a wide variety of industries and products. Today, our customers manufacture millions of products each year using Data I/O programming solutions to reliably, securely, and cost-effectively implement their Intellectual Property into programmable devices. And for the future, virtually every new electronic product produced by OEM, ODM, or EMS facilities represents another potential customer for Data I/O solutions.

In collaborative innovation with our customers, Data I/O provides programming solutions for devices in any package, whether programmed in a socket or on a circuit board. Our expertise in programmable integrated circuits, global supply chain processes, and IP management and protection helps bring innovative new products to life. Data I/O joins in partnership with our customers to provide "Application Innovation" solutions that integrate device management into existing business processes. These solutions are backed by a global network of Data I/O support and service providers, assuring success for our customers.

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