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BPM�s Flashstream Technology Wins a 2008 SMT China Vision Award

Apr 08, 2008

HOUSTON � April 2008 � BPM announces that it has been awarded a 2008 SMT China Vision Award in the category of Device Programming for its Flashstream Flash memory programmer family. The award was presented to the company during an April 8, 2008 ceremony that took place at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition International Hotel during NEPCON China/EMT China.

Nine times faster than its nearest competitor, the innovative Flashstream Vector Programming System offers the fastest flash programming of NAND and NOR flash memory, meeting a significant industry challenge.

This industry-leading speed is due to the creation of a proprietary co-processor technology advancement 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. A four-socket manual system, Flashstream is BPM�s first dedicated hardware design for flash memories.

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. Additionally, these systems can leave the factory with preloaded data or content instead of blank memory.

The Flashstream programmer has the capacity to support NAND and NOR flash memory devices as well as EPROMs. The Flashstream�s significant speed reduces labor costs as well as the number of machines needed to perform the same function.

The SMT China VISION Awards program is sponsored by SMT China Magazine and honors the top categories of various manufacturing-related products, materials and equipment. The purpose of this program is to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in the Asian electronics industry.

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. BPM 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 http://www.bpmmicro.com.

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