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BPM Microsystems Improves Automated Programmers

Oct 20, 2008

HOUSTON � October 2008 � BPM Microsystems announces that its 3000 and 4000 series autohandlers have undergone various improvements in 2008. First developed in 1995 to meet the industry's need of fast, medium to high-volume production programming, the company's automated systems have seen enhancements over the years such as speed increase, support for high density devices, and new input and output media.

Teach times and user interaction have been significantly reduced with two added features to the autohandler software. When teaching multi-socket socket modules, such as the FX4�, only one target device is required to teach all sockets on the programmer site. Users can also quickly validate and adjust previously taught sockets using only one target device.

In addition, users now have the option to automate the removal of target devices during an all programmer site teach. This feature uses the Pick-and-Place to extract a target device from the programmer site and place the device into a destination peripheral after the teach session has concluded. Previous software versions required the user to manually remove the device from the site after teaching.

The TS-1500� tray stacker now supports Low Profile and custom trays to accommodate different tray heights. When selecting a tray type in BPWin, �Low Profile Tray� would typically be used for trays containing QFN or MLF packages. For trays that do not match the predefined settings, users can select �Custom Tray� to manually enter the tray settings.

Another added feature allows users to select the first pocket containing a device of a partially filled input tray with the �Specify First Pocket on Input Tray� option. Users select the row and column of the first pocket. The Pick-and-Place begins to pick the device from this specified location. All pockets before this location are skipped.

A new diagnostic has been implemented to test the image quality of the Cyber-Optics� Laser Align Camera. Various image quality parameters are inspected on the camera to ensure that they are within maximum and minimum tolerance. If the camera does not meet these tolerances, the user will be presented with a camera cleaning procedure. The test automatically runs at initialization and at the beginning of a job.

Additional improvements on the automated handlers will be implemented in BPWin version 4.80, which is scheduled for release on November 11, 2008. New features can be found in the software release notes located under the Help menu of the BPWin software.

All automated customers with a current software support contract can benefit from the latest improvements by downloading the newest version of software through BPM Microsystems' Web site.

For more information on BPM's automated product line visit

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

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