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BPM Wins the Global Technology Award for Its Flashstream Technology

Nov 15, 2007

HOUSTON � November 14, 2007 � BPM Microsystems, a leading supplier of device programming systems worldwide, announces that it has been awarded a Global Technology Award in the category of Device Programming for its innovative Flashstream Flash Vector Programming System. The award was presented by Global SMT & Packaging Magazine�s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Trevor Galbraith during a Tuesday, November 13, 2007 ceremony that took place at the Forum Area in Hall A6 during the Productronica Exposition.

The Flashstream technology, which was introduced as a manual programming product in April of 2007, offers the fastest flash programming of NAND and NOR flash memory in on market today. This industry leading speed is due to the creation of a proprietary co-processor technology developed by BPM called Vector Engine. This technology uses a proprietary co-processor design to hardware accelerate flash memory waveforms during the programming cycle. Faster speeds are achieved through synchronous operations that eliminate the dead times when the DUT waits on the programmer. The result is programming near the theoretical limits of the silicon design � the faster the device, the faster the device is programmed.

Designed for high-density flash, the Flashstream programs NAND and NOR Flash up to 32 Gb (gigabit) and has upgradeable RAM for future densities. It comes standard with 4191 Mb (32.7 Gb) memory per site that is upgradeable to handle future densities and communicates with USB 2.0 between the host PC and programmer. The programmer also includes bad block replacement scheme for NAND and low voltage support. Flashstream has the ability to program four 1Gb NAND flash memory devices in 19.8 seconds, which is 9 times faster than any other programmer on the market today. Flashstream is BPM�s first dedicated hardware design for flash memories, which results in a radical improvement in speed when compared to competitive flash programmers.

Flash memory is the single largest growth sector in the Semiconductor industry for several years. Last year, 5 billion units of flash memory were used in the electronics industry with a future forecasted per year growth rate of 18 percent. Flashstream will contribute to the production of flash memory rich devices that require preloading during the manufacturing process of electronic products.

Flashstream will significantly help the production of embedded designs in electronic products by reducing ramp to volume production fears for products that integrate high-density flash memory such as wireless devices, navigation electronics and personal music systems. Now, it enables new applications, especially for very large patterns..

The Flashstream�s significant speed reduces labor costs as well as the number of machines needed to perform the same function. The programmer is ready for both today�s and tomorrow�s most demanding flash devices.

The Global Technology Awards program is sponsored by Global SMT & Packaging Magazine, and is an annual celebration of product excellence in semiconductor packaging and electronics assembly. Premier products based on the finest examples of creative advancement in technology in 23 key areas are chosen by a distinguished panel of global industry experts.

About BPM Microsystems

Established in 1985, BPM Microsystems is a global supplier of electronic device programmers for all applications. The company is the leading supplier of vision-based automated programming systems and sets the standard in device support, performance, ease-of-use, and cost-of-ownership. The company offers a wide variety of device programmers including Universal Programmers, Concurrent Programming Systems� and Fine-Pitch Automated Programming Systems.

BPM Microsystems� financial statements are audited by Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP. BP Microsystems is located at 5373 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, Suite 250, Houston, Texas USA 77041-5160. BPM Microsystems can be found on the Internet at

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