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Data I/O Corporation's New RoadRunner3 with FIS Named Best Device Programmer by 2012 NPI Awards

Mar 07, 2012

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.

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.

Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated device programming solutions, announces that it has been awarded a 2012 NPI Award in the category of Device Programming for its RoadRunner3 inline programming system. The award was presented to the company during a Tuesday, February 28, 2012 ceremony that took place at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

Premiering in 2008, the NPI Awards program is an annual celebration of product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology are chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

With its Factory Integration Software (FIS), RoadRunner3 streamlines the production process and eliminates operator errors through its connection to a firm’s manufacturing execution system (MES) or other shop-floor control software and through that connection all the way to the firm’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. 

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 16mm to 44mm, thus allowing for quick job changeover.

RoadRunner3 with Factory Integration Software modules FIS Remote and FIS Track allows customers to manage and monitor the programming process. The FIS Remote software module eliminates operator errors 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.


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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