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BPM Microsystems to Showcase Game-Changing Device Programmers at Productronica 2023

BPM Microsystems to Showcase Game-Changing Device Programmers at Productronica 2023

BPM Microsystems, a global leader in device programming and cybersecurity solutions, is set to exhibit at Productronica 2023. The event will take place from November 14-17 in Munich, Germany. BPM Microsystems can be found in Hall A1, Stand 357.

Unveiling Revolutionary Products

The company will showcase its groundbreaking BPM310 Automated Programmer and the highly versatile 2900 Manual Programmer. These state-of-the-art solutions feature modular designs, weekly algorithm updates, and a high-capacity queue system, designed to meet the highest programming and cybersecurity standards. “Our attendance at Productronica 2023 marks a significant milestone in advancing the programming industry,” says Penny Santhanam, Senior Director of Customer Care at BPM Microsystems. “The BPM310 and the 2900 Manual Programmer are engineered to provide unprecedented reliability and scalability, addressing the ever-growing challenges of device programming.”

Experience the Future with Hands-On Demos

Attendees have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one demos for an in-depth look at the company’s latest innovations. The demos will be overseen by Pierce Weiss, Executive Account Manager, who will be representing BPM Microsystems at the event. “In an industry where technology is constantly evolving, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve. Our one-on-one demos at Productronica will show how our solutions do just that—setting new benchmarks in efficiency, flexibility, and reliability,” says Pierce Weiss.

Celebrating Partnerships and More

BPM Microsystems also takes this opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their distribution partner in the UK, Germany, and France, Adaptsys. In honor of the occasion, a series of special offers and exclusive giveaways are planned for attendees. Event-goers can enjoy a juice bar in the mornings, a beer tap in the afternoons, and an exclusive cocktail party on November 15.

Interactive Contests

Adding to the excitement, BPM will also feature a prize wheel and a chipping contest. Attendees who spin the prize wheel will be entered into a drawing for a drone, providing multiple avenues for engagement and wins.

About BPM Microsystems

Founded in 1985, BPM Microsystems serves more than 2,000 companies in over 49 countries. With a focus on modular design and an ability to release new programming algorithms weekly, the company has become a trusted supplier to customers in various industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, industrial, and mobile devices. For media inquiries, please contact Scott Bronstad.

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Day 1 at SMTA Guadalajara

Day 1 at SMTA Guadalajara

BPM Microsystems Shines!

We had an excellent start at the SMTA Guadalajara show, and it’s been a productive day at booth 1501. Our team is excited about the chance to engage with our loyal customers and demonstrate why BPM Microsystems stands out in terms of performance, quality, and service.

  • Performance: Our state-of-the-art device programmers set new standards for speed and precision, ensuring flawless semiconductor device programming.
  • Quality: With over 35 years of experience, we’re dedicated to delivering top-notch programming solutions, adhering to ISO 9001 standards and the CE Mark.
  • Service: Our comprehensive support services, including training and technical support, empower you to achieve your programming goals efficiently.

If you haven’t visited us yet, there’s still time to learn more about how BPM Microsystems is transforming semiconductor programming. Swing by booth 1501 and discover the difference!

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to make an impact at the SMTA Guadalajara show.

BPM Microsystems’ BPM310: Setting the Benchmark in ESD Safety for Device Programming

BPM Microsystems’ BPM310: Setting the Benchmark in ESD Safety for Device Programming

The electronics manufacturing industry is a domain of precision, innovation, and above all, quality assurance. Every component that enters a production line needs to uphold the highest standards to ensure the functionality and safety of the final product. Among these standards, ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection stands out as a pivotal requirement. It is in this context that BPM Microsystems presents its BPM310 programming machine—a flagship model that seamlessly integrates into IEC 61340-5-1 and ANSI/ESD S20.20 certified facilities without posing any ESD or electrostatic field risks.

The Importance of ESD Certification in Electronics Manufacturing

Before diving into the BPM310’s specifications and its superiority in mitigating ESD risks, it’s vital to understand why ESD certification is indispensable for electronics manufacturing.

Electronic components are vulnerable to static electricity. A sudden discharge can damage the internals of a device, rendering it non-functional or, worse, creating latent defects that manifest over time. ESD protection is not just about ensuring the longevity and reliability of electronic components but also about ensuring the safety of the end-user.

When components are handled, processed, or stored, there’s always the risk of ESD. Hence, electronics manufacturing facilities require stringent protocols and equipment that prevent static buildup and dissipate any potential ESD threats effectively.

Key Aspects of ESD Safe Equipment

  1. Ionizers: One of the primary defenses against ESD is ionizers. These devices neutralize static charges by generating positive and negative ions, ensuring that the air around the components remains balanced and free from static buildup.
    Example: Consider a balloon rubbed against your hair. The friction causes an accumulation of static charges, making your hair stand on end. An ionizer would neutralize these charges, preventing such behavior.
  2. Dissipative Materials: Dissipative materials, as the name suggests, dissipate static charges slowly and in a controlled manner. They act as a bridge between conductive and insulative materials, ensuring there’s no abrupt discharge.
    Example: Imagine walking across a carpeted room and then touching a doorknob, only to feel a small shock. This is an ESD event. If the carpet were made of dissipative material, this shock would have been prevented as the static charge would have been slowly neutralized.
  3. Grounding: Grounding ensures that all built-up static charges have a direct path to the earth, ensuring safety and preventing inadvertent discharges onto sensitive components.

BPM310 Automated programming systemBPM Microsystems’ BPM310: An Epitome of ESD Protection

BPM310, a stellar product from BPM Microsystems, is not just a device programmer but a benchmark in ESD safety.

  • In-built ESD Safeguards: The BPM310 has been intricately designed with ionizers, using dissipative materials, and provides comprehensive grounding options. This three-pronged approach ensures the device is neither a source of static nor vulnerable to static discharges during its operation.
  • Consistency Across the Range: The meticulous ESD protection design philosophy isn’t just limited to the BPM310. Other models in the 3000-series, such as the 3928 and 3901, are also constructed with the same rigorous attention to ESD safety. This consistency ensures that businesses have a range of choices without compromising on ESD protection.
  • Certification and Validation: The BPM310 isn’t just built with ESD safety in mind; it has been rigorously tested and validated. Its compatibility with IEC 61340-5-1 and ANSI/ESD S20.20 design standards is a testament to BPM’s commitment to delivering a solution that meets stringent ESD compliance standards.


In the realm of electronics manufacturing, where even the slightest oversight can lead to significant repercussions, equipment like the BPM310 stands out. BPM Microsystems, with its track record dating back to 1985, has once again shown its prowess in understanding the intricate needs of the industry and delivering products that not only meet but often exceed expectations.

For facilities that cannot afford a compromise on ESD safety, BPM Microsystems’ BPM310, 3928, and 3901 Automated Programmers offer a solution that is technical, reliable, and future-proof. After all, in a world driven by technology, it’s the small details, such as ESD compliance, that keep the wheels of the electronics industry turning smoothly.


BPM to Spotlight Solutions for Programming Complex and Data-Dense Devices at SMTA International Trade Show

BPM to Spotlight Solutions for Programming Complex and Data-Dense Devices at SMTA International Trade Show

BPM, an established leader in device programming solutions, is excited to announce its participation in the SMTA International Trade Show on October 10-11 in Minneapolis. Focusing on its proven 2900 Manual Programmer, BPM will be stationed at Booth 1215 to demonstrate how the device excels at programming complex and data-dense products.

Representing BPM are Colin Harper, Director of Sales and Product Development, and Pierce Weiss, Executive Sales Manager. Both will be on hand to explain the numerous benefits and efficiencies gained by bringing device programming in-house, particularly for complex and data-rich devices.

“SMTA International offers a vital platform for BPM to showcase how the 2900 Manual Programmer, a cornerstone in our product line for several years, solves the unique challenges posed by complex and data-heavy devices,” states Colin Harper.

What to Expect at Booth 1215 Event Page

  • Targeted demonstrations of the 2900 Manual Programmer’s capabilities in programming complex and data-dense devices
  • Hands-on experiences allow attendees to familiarize themselves with the 2900
  • Exclusive previews of forthcoming advancements in BPM’s device programming solutions
  • Special promotions and giveaways exclusively for booth visitors

“The SMTA International Trade Show provides an invaluable chance for one-on-one, live conversations about how to advance capabilities in the rapidly evolving field of device programming,” adds Pierce Weiss, Executive Sales Manager.

Schedule Your One-on-One Meeting

Attendees interested in discussing how to elevate their device programming capabilities, particularly for complex and data-dense devices, are encouraged to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Colin Harper or Pierce Weiss. For appointment bookings, please schedule using Calendly here.

Schedule One-On-One

About BPM

With more than three decades of experience, BPM is a global authority in device programming solutions. Known for innovating reliable, quick, and adaptable products like the 2900 Manual Programmer, BPM has long been the go-to choice for industries ranging from automotive and aerospace to healthcare and consumer electronics. With a global footprint spanning over 50 countries and a robust network of partners and distributors, BPM remains committed to delivering top-notch, scalable solutions suited for programming complex and data-rich devices.

Celebrating 23 Years of Service: Paul Wickboldt’s Journey at BPM Microsystems

Celebrating 23 Years of Service: Paul Wickboldt’s Journey at BPM Microsystems

As Paul Wickboldt, BPM Microsystems’ Systems and Facilities Administrator,  marks his 23rd year with BPM, the occasion merits more than just a commemorative plaque or a simple handshake. Paul’s journey is one of commitment, diverse skill sets, relentless pursuit of excellence, and personal resilience.

A Man of Many Talents

Paul Wickboldt’s skills are not confined to a single job description. At BPM Microsystems, Paul has worn many hats—System Administrator, Facility Administrator, Help Desk Technician, and Contract Coordinator, to name a few. He manages multiple servers, serves nearly 100 users, and oversees a 35,000 sq ft 3-story building. Simply put, he is the backbone of the technical infrastructure, ensuring that everything runs as smoothly as a well-oiled machine.

Resilience Beyond Work

What makes Paul’s story even more inspiring is his personal journey as a cancer survivor. The resilience and strength he demonstrated during this challenging time are a testament to his indomitable spirit. But battling cancer isn’t his only achievement outside of work. Paul is an accomplished photographer whose keen eye captures the beauty of the world in unique ways. He’s also a skilled woodworker, creating pieces that are both functional and artistic.

A Walk Through Memory Lane

Before joining BPM Microsystems, Paul honed his skills in various industries, making him a man of diverse experience. His resume paints a picture of a highly skilled individual:

  • United States Air Force: Serving as an Electronic Warfare Systems Specialist, Paul spent over a decade troubleshooting and repairing radar transmitter and receiver equipment.
  • Constar International: As a Machine Operator, Paul was responsible for maintaining production flow and operating complex machinery.
  • John H. Carter Company, Inc.: Here, he was a Field Service Systems Engineer, specializing in the installation and maintenance of Fisher Rosemount DCS computer systems.
  • Excel Inc: As a Journeyman Electrician, he installed, maintained, and troubleshooted motor control and electrical circuits in harsh industrial environments.

The Pulse of BPM Microsystems

“Paul keeps this place up and running,” says Jon Bondurant, the COO of BPM Microsystems. This simple yet profound statement encapsulates the essence of Paul’s role in the company. His ability to adapt, learn, and excel in various capacities has made him an invaluable asset.

Overcoming Challenges

Managing a 35,000 sq ft 3-story building is not without its challenges, but Paul’s earlier experiences have trained him well. He’s equally comfortable working on a computer terminal as he is troubleshooting electrical issues in the building. The skill set he acquired over the years, starting from his time in the Air Force to his stint as an electrician, has equipped him with the tools needed to keep BPM Microsystems running efficiently.

The Importance of Longevity

In today’s fast-paced world, where job hopping is often the norm, Paul’s 23 years at BPM Microsystems is a testament to his loyalty and the company’s nurturing environment. Longevity like this not only brings unparalleled expertise but also creates a sense of continuity and reliability that is irreplaceable.


As we celebrate Paul Wickboldt’s 23-year anniversary, we don’t just celebrate a milestone. We celebrate the unwavering commitment of a man who has devoted his diverse skill set and vast experience to the success of BPM Microsystems. Beyond that, we honor his personal journey of resilience, artistry, and craftsmanship. His story is not just a tale of personal success but is, in many ways, the story of BPM Microsystems itself—a story of growth, commitment, and technical excellence. Thank you, Paul!

The Final Chapter: BPM’s 7th Generation Programmers

The Final Chapter: BPM’s 7th Generation Programmers

Since their launch in the mid-2000s, BPM Microsystems’ 7th Generation programmers have been an instrumental part of the company’s award-winning lineup. With a legacy spanning close to two decades, these programmers have fulfilled a variety of roles in industries ranging from automotive to aerospace. However, every legacy has its finale, and BPM has recently announced the last buy for its 7th Generation programmers. Driven by supply chain constraints, this move is not just a product life-cycle decision, but a strategy to focus on support and future technologies. As of today, BPM will no longer sell 7th Gen programmers and sites*. In this article, we’ll dive deep into the why, the how, and the what-next of this pivotal moment.

*Contact Inside Sales for more details.

Why End Production Now?

The decision to cease the sale of 7th Generation programmers comes against a specific backdrop:

Supply Chain Constraints

Due to the unavailability of critical devices essential for the manufacture of 7th Generation programmers, the decision was made to focus on supporting existing products rather than producing new units. These supply chain constraints played a crucial role in determining the timing of the last buy.

Resource Re-Allocation

With these supply chain issues in mind, BPM made a calculated decision to divert its resources towards service, support, and the development of new technologies like their 9th Generation programmers.

Continued Commitment to Support

Unlike some in the industry, BPM is committed not to leave its user base in the lurch. Even with the halt in production, BPM assures ongoing support for existing 7th Generation programmer users:

  • Device Algorithms: BPM will continue to roll out new programming algorithms to ensure the programmers remain functional.
  • Technical Support: Expertise is just a call or an email away, thanks to BPM’s technical support team.
  • Parts and Accessories: Despite supply chain constraints affecting new unit production, essential parts will still be supplied for repairs and maintenance while the components last.

The Way Forward: Spotlight on the 9th Generation

These state-of-the-art 9th Gen programmers come with several enhancements:

  • Faster Programming Speeds: Utilizing parallelism to a greater extent, these new models offer speed advantages that can significantly cut down production times.
  • Advanced Cybersecurity: Newer security protocols align with the increasing cybersecurity demands of industries such as automotive and medical devices.
  • Greater Versatility: The 9th Generation models are designed with modular architecture, making them incredibly adaptable to the rapidly changing technological landscape.
  • On-board Memory: 7th Gen sites come standard with .5 GB (512 MB) of on-board memory. 9th Gen sites are configured with 256 GB of on-board memory, and can be upgraded to twice that amount. (1 Gigabyte is equal to 1000 megabytes)

Why Transition to the 9th Generation?

Given the discontinuation of the 7th Generation, here’s why transitioning to the 9th Generation might be a prudent choice:

  • Future-Proofing: With more modular components and an architecture designed for adaptability, these models are geared for the future.
  • Cost-Efficiency: The improved speed and reduced cycle times result in cost benefits in the long run.
  • Training and Support: BPM’s robust training services ensure that the transition to newer technology is smooth, minimizing any potential downtime.

Socket Adapter Compatibility:  




Adapter Prefix**


7th Gen

9th Gen

7th Gen

9th Gen

LSM LSM2S676FGMSSOCB No No Yes Limited Support *
LXSM LXSM28FLPZA No No Yes Limited Support *
LX2SM LX2SM28FLPZB No No Yes Limited Support *
LX4SM LX4SM40DIPLT No No Yes Limited Support *
LASM LASM324BGV Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
LXASM LXASM484BGAV Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
LX2ASM LX2ASM473BGA Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
LX4ASM LX4ASMR64QFPTB Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
WASM WASM20MLFA Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
WXASM WXASM100QE Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
WX2ASM WX2ASML48UBG Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *
WX4ASM WX4ASMR08SJA Yes Limited Support * Yes Limited Support *

Limited Support *: Replacement D-Card for Legacy Socket Module: Check BPWin to confirm device and adapter compatibility. 9th Gen does support a limited number of legacy d-cards.

Daughter Cards (D-Cards)**: 6th and 7th Gen Programmers require a socket module base. D-Cards plug into the base. 9th Gen programmers do not require a base.

Vector Engine BitBlast Program and Verify Time Comparison:

SanDisk SDIN5C2-8G (8GB)

  • Without BitBlast- 2091 Seconds
  • With BitBlast- 933 Seconds

SanDisk SDIN5C2-4G (4GB)

  • Without BitBlast- 1070 Seconds
  • With BitBlast- 469 Seconds


  • Without BitBlast- 1083 Seconds
  • With BitBlast- 469 Seconds

Toshiba THGBM1G5D2EBAI7 (4GB)

  • Without BitBlast- 959 Seconds
  • With BitBlast- 460 Seconds

Samsung KLM2G1DEHE-B101 (2GB)

  • Without BitBlast- 488 Seconds
  • With BitBlast- 398 Seconds


The last buy of the 7th Generation programmers might signify an end, but it’s also a starting point for new opportunities and advancements. The decision, dictated by supply chain constraints and a strategic focus on future technologies, brings us to the cusp of a new era with BPM’s new Generation of programmers. Existing users of the 7th Generation need not worry, as BPM continues its commitment to exceptional service and support.

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