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Data I/O Acquires Software Technology to Accelerate New Product Development and Enter New Markets

May 06, 2011

Fred Hume, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation

Fred Hume, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation

Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading manufacturer of hardware and software solutions for programming Flash memory and microcontrollers used in Smartphones, tablet computers, automotive electronics and consumer products, announces the purchase of software technology in the form of source code, patents and other intellectual property for approximately $3 million through a combination of cash and equity. The purchase is a key step in the company's efforts to strengthen its technology base and expand its software offerings to reach larger markets than those that Data I/O's products currently address.

"The software technology obtained through this acquisition provides fundamental technology that will be incorporated into new products currently under development and will be the basis for new software offerings in adjacent market spaces. This will be a foundational element for creating growth," said Fred Hume, President and CEO. "This software complements our hardware offerings and enhances the entire Data I/O product portfolio."

Data I/O will purchase the software technology for $2 million in cash and 163,934 shares (approximately $1 million) of company common stock. Also, Data I/O will pay the seller royalties of 4 percent of directly associated revenues for a period of five years from the closing date of this transaction. In conjunction with the acquisition, Data I/O has hired two individuals that will assist in transferring the technology and implementing it in the company’s product lines.

The securities described herein have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of l933, as amended, or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons unless an exemption from registration is available. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.


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.

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