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Data I/O Corporation Introduces New FLXHD Duplication System for Rapidly Growing e-MMC Device Market

Feb 17, 2012

The FLXHD features a 40-device-socket system with an automated X-Y robot gantry and dual pick-and-place probes for high-throughput.

The FLXHD features a 40-device-socket system with an automated X-Y robot gantry and dual pick-and-place probes for high-throughput.

FLXHD is the only automated e-MMC duplication system in a desktop footprint

Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated device programming solutions, today announced the new FLXHD Automated Duplication System for e-MMC devices, the only automated duplication system in a desktop footprint.

Despite the small machine outline, the FLXHD system uses 40 sockets in parallel to achieve a very high throughput even when the amount of data in the device is large. Programming large amounts of data is an increasing problem for manufacturers of products like smartphones, e-book readers, GPS systems and automotive entertainment systems. Manufacturers are scrambling to find ways to balance throughput with the increasing data size demands in these products. The FLXHD can produce more than 700 parts per hour even when the data size is multiple Gigabytes.

In an article in DIGITIMES on January 16, memory product maker sources indicate that use of e-MMC in smartphones will increase from roughly 35 percent in 2011 to approximately 70 percent in 2012. Combined with the growth in the smartphone market, e-MMC usage will be up 2.5 times in 2012. “Our leading-edge e-MMC support on FlashCORE III was a significant contributor to our record sales in Asia in 2011, and we expect to maintain our lead in e-MMC in the future with products like the FLXHD,” said Fred Hume, Data I/O’s President and CEO.

Bob Francis, Senior Project Manager at Data I/O, said, “The FLXHD is perfectly positioned to meet the huge increase in demand for e-MMC devices we have seen from our customers lately, while remaining extremely price-competitive for those who are looking to step up from manual solutions into automation.”

In addition to high throughput duplication of e-MMC devices, customers can expect to receive many other benefits from the FLXHD. Data I/O took the touchscreen and the intuitive graphical user interface from the FLX500 and simplified them even further to virtually eliminate human error associated with machine operation. Since the FLXHD is a duplication system, there is no changeover time associated with downloading large files when switching from one job to another. “We have tried to create a product that makes producing programmed e-MMC devices as fast, painless, and error-proof as possible. I think we’ve succeeded with the FLXHD,” said Francis.

To find out more about the FLXHD, visit www.dataio.com/FLXHD.


For 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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