Controlling quality and lead time are two critical reasons manufacturers bring automated programming in-house. Model 3901 is ideal for EMS (Electronics manufacturing services) that have a high part mix and cannot predict what they will be programming in the future. BPM’s 9th Gen universal programming technology currently supports over 38K devices, with several new or updated devices supported weekly. In addition, the 3901 is universal– it can handle nearly any package on the market today.
The precision of our premium CyberOptics on-the-fly alignment camera allows the 3901 to handle the smallest chip-scale package (1.0mm x 0.5mm) to the largest fine-pitch QFP. You can be confident that you will achieve the high quality and yield that you desire.
How to get started Programming In-House
The first step is to get a device list. Use the Device List template to fill in and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The minimum requirement to get an accurate budgetary quote is the device Part Numbers. The additional information is helpful, especially estimated volumes. From there BPM will confirm socket card (adapter) support and will be in a position to provide a proposal for your consideration.
BPM has installed hundreds of automated programming systems around the world. We would expect your system to be operational within five days of receipt at your factory, including operator training.
Device List Template (excel) Device Search Email Device List Template
eMMC File Concatenate Wizard Saves Time, Streamlines Workflow, Reduces Errors
BPM Microsystems have the best programmers, especially when it comes to complex microprocessors and high-density eMMC devices. BPM’s 9th Generation universal programmers offer the fastest flash programming times, as well as the widest universal device coverage, all in a single, universal programming site. With over 40,000 supported devices, there’s no one else that comes close.
eMMC devices have large, complex data patterns (4GB and up) that can be difficult to set up and prone to operator error. Previously, you had to manually load each eMMC data pattern one by one through the buffer loader. Depending on the complexity, this step was repeated three or more times. Each data pattern also required a manual calculation of data offsets, with no way to provide the checksum. As eMMC devices have gotten larger, the technical challenge of the file structure has become more complicated.
That is, until now.
Now, you can use the configuration information (which should be provided with the eMMC device) to streamline your workflow, eliminate errors, and simplify set-ups. Utilizing a Microsoft Excel template, you can easily streamline file formatting by giving you one document to capture the specifics of the eMMC project, and then utilizing parts of it for the automation tool. The template can also be shared with 3rd parties or saved as a historical record of the project specifications.
On average, the eMMC Wizard should only take a few minutes to edit the data template, and about 10 minutes for the tool to create the data pattern. While the file is outputting, the tool automatically calculates the checksums and verifies them on the fly. Multiple checksum options are available from the pull-down in the Excel template. It also replaces the manual calculation for each offset with an automated calculator, reducing the possibility of errors.
eMMC File Builder Wizard
In order to use the eMMC File Concatenate Wizard, you’ll need the latest version of BPWin, which can be downloaded here. (If your Software contract is expired, you may need to renew it; contact Inside Sales).
All new eMMC algo development will use a standard template that supports the file Wizard. In some cases, older algorithms will not be compatible. Please enter a Device Support request if you need an update to a legacy algorithm that is not currently compatible with the Wizard. If an algo does not support it (yet), you will be presented with this message:
You can submit a device support request here.
eMMC Wizard Example
In this example, we’ll use a SanDisk eMMC with HS400 support. Select the Samsung KLMAG1JETD-B041 device/algo in BPWin. Then navigate to the File Concatenation tool via either the “Device” menu in the BPWin toolbar or by clicking the “Device Config” button, followed by “File Concatenation“.
You will now be asked to select an input configuration file and an output location. Select the output location for your concatenated file.
The input will need to be a filled-out Excel sheet, based on the template found here. Fill out the GP_SIZE_MULT_X fields (provided by the semi house), and the list of files, offsets, and checksums below. Don’t forget to select a specific checksum type from the dropdown menu, or the tool will not know how you want the checksum calculated.
Here are some examples of filled-out templates:
(Since the template requires user-inputted paths to the specified files, you need to ensure that the files are actually located there.)
Once you have selected an input configuration file and output location, click “Concatenate” and wait for the operation to finish. In the end, there should be an “output.bin” file located in the folder you specified earlier.
The green status bar will let you know your file is processing. Depending on file size, this may take several minutes
The concatenate wizard takes a few minutes to finish. If you are utilizing HS200 or HS400, you’ll still need to run the file through the image format tool– navigate via either the “Device” menu in the BPWin toolbar or by clicking the “Device Config” button, followed by “image format“ (remember, this is for HS200/400).
In summation, the eMMC File Wizard makes eMMC programming much easier and faster by walking through the steps to quickly build your files. This ensures quality programming results from first article qualification through production.
The eMMC File Concatenation Wizard is available with BPWin Version 7.0.7 and later. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Technical Support team. If you need to update your software agreement, please contact Inside Sales.
Some things to consider in a Disaster Plan
See Disaster Recovery Article
- Hardware/Software contracts are up-to-date
- Ensures the fastest response in line-down situations
- Spares are on-site and/or available overnight
- Schedule deliveries for consumables, especially sockets
- Sockets are consumable items
- The schedule ensures they are manufactured/delivered based on your requirements
- Lead time to build a socket can vary, from days to weeks
- Multiple prequalified vendors
- Pre-qualify First Articles ahead of time from your partner supplier
- Negotiate price per device before the disaster takes place
Some problems are good. It’s important for the modern manufacturing operation to prepare for the worst, and the best. There are lots of things that can go wrong. Add this to the list: what happens if one or more people on your line come down with Covid-19? You still have parts to program and production lines to supply. And as things rebound, what will you do if you are hit with an increase in orders? You (no doubt) have built-in capacity; but what if it doubles, or triples (or more)? BPM Microsystems builds systems and accessories that make it easy and cost-effective to make device programming a viable (and profitable) option in-house. Their line of programmers is universal, meaning they utilize the same software and accessories, from the smallest to the largest systems. From the first article (the initial first approved programmed device) to production, the only difference is throughput. Manual systems are perfect for starting out and/or smaller lot sizes (up to 50,000 parts per year). They also come in handy to augment the automated system’s capacity, or for programming short-run parts. BPM’s automated systems are the fastest and easiest to set-up of any programming systems. They are made for programming large data devices, such as eMMC HS400, NAND, NOR, and Serial Flash devices, and other nonvolatile memory devices such as MCUs, PLDs, and FPGAs. High-speed signals support devices up to 200 Mhz and the latest eMMC HS400 modes with data transfer rates of 2.5 nanoseconds per byte. With data transfer rates to 50 Gb per second, and verify rates up to 200 MB per second, BPM’s Automated Systems offer the industry’s fastest times. This is up to 9 times faster than competing “universal” programmers, offering the Largest Memory Support in the industry―256 GB, upgradeable to 512 GB.
WhisperTeach™ & CyberOptics™
WhisperTeach™ is patented hardware/software that automates the critical z-height measurement, which reduces set-up times by as much as 83%. More importantly, it improves yield and job performance compared to manual teaching methods. CyberOptics™ vision component auto measure delivers on-the-fly alignment to maximum device reliability and throughput.
Learn more about WhisperTeach™ auto Z-height teach system here.
Adding capacity is fairly straightforward. The first option is to add overtime and/or add shifts. BPM’s set-ups don’t require extensive training, so quality and throughput won’t decline after 5 pm. Next, add programming sites and sockets to existing workflows. If utilizing manual systems, additional programmers can be “daisy-chained” to a single workstation (up to 12 total). For automated programmers, additional sites may be added. Each site has the ability to add up to 4 additional sockets (a socket is the electrical interface of hardware/software to program a specific device). Adding sites can double, triple (up to 10X) capacity, depending on which system is used. BPM’s universal sites mean you don’t need two different site technologies for programming different classes of devices. BPM supports more than triple the number of devices as their nearest competitor (36K vs 12K). Some BPM systems, such as the low-cost 3901 or 8th Generation automated systems, can be upgraded for higher throughput, with more devices per hour and/or additional sites or peripherals. When you experience a line-down (for whatever reason), you need solutions that allow you to quickly shift production without skipping a beat. For programming devices, contact your nearest programming center, such as Arrow, Avnet, or A&J. The set-up files can be securely transmitted; if they don’t have the sockets, simply overnight the sockets used on your production. Utilizing programming centers is another way to balance out your work-flow; when a temporary need overwhelms your workflow, you can outsource for extra capacity.
It’s not a matter of “if” things go wrong. It’s a mathematical certainty. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s prudent to be ready for just about anything. With a little forward planning, you should keep production moving. BPM’s systems are built to grow with your business; they have programmers that are still operating daily after 15 years or more. Contact your preferred Programming Center and BPM Microsystems to develop a disaster plan in advance.
See “Market Forces” Article here