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Discontinuation of Repair and Calibration for x600 and x700 Programming Site Technology

Summary

Notice of Discontinuation of Repair and Calibration for x600 and x700 Programming Site Technology

Details

Effective February 14, 2012, BPM Microsystems will no longer repair or calibrate the following programmer models due to the obsolescence of essential parts and subassemblies – 1600, 2600, Silicon Sculptor II, 3600*, 4600*, 1700, 2700, 3700*, and 4700*.

Until this time, BPM Microsystems will accept non-warranty RMA’s for evaluation and best effort repairs with a limited warranty. Non-warranty repairs will be at the customer’s discretion.

Customers who require repair or calibration for these models will be encouraged to upgrade to newer generation models.

These models will still be supported in BPWin software with algorithm additions and updates available to current software support customers.

*Applies to programming sites only. Handler repairs will still be available on automated programming systems operating with BPWin Software.

End of Support for Windows 2000

Summary

BPM Microsystems announces the end of support for Windows 2000

Details

Effective with the release of BPWin 5.14.0 on February 8, 2011, Windows 2000 will no longer be supported. The end of BPWin support on Windows 2000 is required in order to add support for 64-bit operating systems.

Any attempt to install BPWin 5.14.0 or higher while running Windows 2000 will result in an installation failure. Alternatively, customers should be advised to upgrade to any of the compatible operating systems: Windows XP or Windows 7. Any version of BPWin released prior to 5.14.0 will continue to operate with Windows 2000.

Current or new software support customers who download BPWin 5.14.0 or higher need to run one of the supported operating systems.

End of Life for Legacy Programmer Models

Summary

BPM Microsystems announces the End of Life for legacy programmer models

Details

BPM Microsystems has discontinued all programmer software, hardware, repair and calibration support for the below programming systems. These systems are no loner marketed, sold or supported.

Engineering Programmers:
BP-1148, BP-1200, BP-1400/84, BP-1400/240, BP-1600*, BP-1600M, BP-1700*

Concurrent Production Programmers:
BP-2000**, BP-2100**, BP-2200, BP-2500**, BP-2510**, BP-2600*, BP-2600M**, BP-2700*

Automated Programmers:
BP-3100**, BP-3500**, BP-3510**, BP-3600*, BP-3600M, BP-3700*, BP-4100**, BP-4500**, BP-4510**, BP-4600*, BP-4600M, BP-4700*

End of Life for 1400 and 2200 Model Programmers

Summary

BPM Microsystems announces the End of Life for the 1400 and 2200 model programmers

Details

Effective December 31, 2008, BPM Microsystems will no longer offer support for the 1400 and 2200 model programmers. Introduced in 1996 and discontinued in 2005, the 2200 and 1400 were the first in the industry to enable fine control of programming waveforms for the highest quality programming with the widest device support capabilities. Limitations of the original programmers hardware combined with new software compatibility and component obsolescence forces this end of support announcement.

End of support means that BPWin software released in 2009 will not support the 1400 and 2200 model numbers. These models can continue to function with existing BPWin software released prior to 2009, but will not be eligible for additional algorithms or updates to existing algorithms. Hardware contracts will also not be available for these programmers. Also, repairs and calibration of these programmers are no longer possible.

End of Support for Windows 98, 98SE and Windows Me

Summary

BPM Microsystems announces the end of support for Windows 98, Windows 98 SE and Windows Me

Details

On July 11, 2006, the Extended Support program for Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me operating systems has been closed by Microsoft. All users running Windows 98 or Windows Me are encouraged to migrate to a newer, more secure Microsoft operating system, such as Windows XP.

Effective December 31, 2006, BPM Microsystems will not be able to assure either operating systems compatibility or functionality for new BPWin software on Windows 98 SE. Like Microsoft, BPM Microsystems also recommends that users upgrade to Windows XP to assure operating system compatibility with future BPWin releases. Customers who still download BPWin software releases after December 31, 2006, on Windows 98 SE will be using it at their own risk. BPM Microsystems will not develop, test, or warranty the BPWin software in the Windows 98 SE operating system after December 31, 2006.

BPWin version 4.66.0 and future versions will not install on Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows 98 ME.

BPM Microsystems manual and automated programming systems have operated in the Windows 98 environment for over 7 years. However, BPM Microsystems must move forward with our supplier by migrating our products to systems that allow us to offer you newer technologies supported by better features in the future. BPM Microsystems is still committed to providing the best service and support in the programming industry.

End of Life Plans for BPDOS Software and Legacy Programmers

Summary

On January 10, 2005, BPM Microsystems announces the End of Life plans for BPDOS software and legacy programmer products.

Details

BPM Microsystems has decided to End of Life its BPDOS software product and programmers with legacy site technology***. Below is the timeline for the end of life plan:

Timeline

  • January 1, 2005 – End of life for BPDOS announced
  • December 2005 – Final Release of BPDOS available to customers via website download
  • January 1, 2006 – BPDOS algorithms after this date are available only for a fee* and will require a valid Software Support Agreement where applicable**
    – Algorithm development in BPDOS will have increased technology limitations
    – No software bug fixes will be performed
  • December 1, 2006 – No additional BPDOS device requests will be accepted
  • January 1, 2008 – No BPM software (Windows) released after this date will support legacy site technology***

*Requirement – In addition to charging a fee per algorithm, BPM requires that concurrent and automated customers have a valid Software Support Agreement for the intended supported machine to request a BPDOS algorithm. Engineering programmer users will be charged the algorithm addition fee only. BPM Microsystems reserves the right to “No Bid” any algorithm request based on technology limitations. Once the algorithm addition is complete, the software version will be made available to the customer via a password protected FTP download site. If two algorithms are purchased at separate time periods, the last software version available for download via FTP site will have all algorithms purchased by that customer. Device additions should continue to be made via the BPM Microsystems website.

**Software Support Agreements (software contract) for BPDOS – Contract for BPDOS and BPWIN will be the same price and agreement. A prorated Software Support Agreement can be purchased in 2006 with a minimum of a six-month term for BPDOS units. No additional BPDOS device requests will be accepted beyond December 1, 2006. The 2 GDP algorithms and free flash algorithms included with Software Support Agreements cannot apply to BPDOS algorithms after December 31, 2005. No software “bug” fixes will be performed after December 31, 2005. Effective December 1, 2004 no feature requests will be performed on BPDOS. All current feature requests for BPDOS are declined for development.

***Legacy Site Technology Product Models
Engineering: Only supported on special software – EP-1, 1100, 1128, 1132, 1140, 1500. Currently supported by software – 1148, 1200, Actel Silicon Sculptor
Concurrent: 2000, 2100, 2500, 2510, 2600M
Automated: 3100, 4100, 3500, 4500, 3510, 4510
Tester: 340, 350, 360, 370
Peripherals: 3×00 Labeler, Pro Automation Tray Stacker, Synrad Laser, Excel Laser, TM300 Tape Loader