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BPM Microsystems announces double data rate (DDR) support for eMMC flash memories on 8th Generation programmers. The 8th Generation programmers already featured the fastest programming and verification times of any universal programmers. This new feature doubles the rate at which data is transferred into and out of the device during programming and verification by transferring a word of data to or from the device on both the rising and falling clock edges.

“Our automotive customers’ programming enormous data files will get an immediate increase in productivity by using DDR,” said William White, CEO of BPM Microsystems. “The programmers we are shipping today are now more than 1,000,000 times faster than the original EP-1 programmer we shipped 30 years ago.”

“The Vector Engine BitBlast DDR Mode Support is just the latest example of how the advanced Vector Engine design sets us apart from the competition. The Vector Engine continues to evolve and adapt to new requirements keeping our users up to date even as their requirements change.”

As an example of the performance that can be achieved with this new feature, 2800 and 3800MK2 programmers are now a staggering 105% faster than the closest competitor on the SanDisk SDIN8DE4-32G. The BPM programmer will perform a Program and Verify operation in 1403 seconds when programming 29GB of random data compared to 2880 seconds for the Flash Core III according to Data I/O’s website. The 3800MK2 will program and verify this device at a rate of 1190 GB/hour, enabling economic programming of enormous data patterns used in today’s automotive electronics.

By decreasing programming times, BPM has enabled customers with the 3800MK2 to achieve the devices per hour similar to competitive machines that are more than twice the footprint. In addition to the improved cost per device, the faster programming times mean that when using High Insertion Count Sockets (HIC Sockets), which can have lifetimes of up to 1 million insertions, customers only have to buy half as many sockets to get the same throughput in devices per hour. Such reductions can potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of a machine.

All users of the 8th generation programmers that are under software contracts are eligible for a free automatic firmware update that will enable this new feature automatically when the BPWin software is updated.

Established in 1985, BPM Microsystems is known for its long history of disruptive innovation including the first universal programmer with socket modules, the first concurrent programmer, the first automated programming system with vision centering, the first flash programmer with Vector Engine and DDR and the first high-yield CSP programming system. BPM presently leads the programming industry with automated programming of CSP devices, fast programming times, rapid support for complex integrated circuits and productivity.