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BPM Microsystems Launches Sub-$90K Automated Programming System

BPM Microsystems Launches Sub-$90K Automated Programming System

3901 is the lowest cost APS with vision centering and truly universal support

BPM Microsystems launches its latest Automated Programming System (APS) today at the SMTA Guadalajara Show— the 3901. Rated at 1,088 Devices per Hour (DPH), the 3901 delivers the lowest cost of ownership in its class. Unlike other low-cost systems, the 3901 has vision centering to accurately align CSP devices, a full range of peripherals and up to 16 universal sockets to program the widest range of MCUs, Flash, eMMC, and EEPROMS at near theoretical speeds.

“Our engineering team has relentlessly focused on perfecting our 3-series to serve highly cost-sensitive users while still delivering the ease of use, feature-rich software, and quality that we are famous for,” says William White, founder and President of BPM Microsystems. “Unlike competing platforms, the 3901 offers WhisperTeach™ (automatic self-teaching for rapid setup) and universal sites that support everything from 30-year-old MCUs to the latest 256GB eMMC flash devices.”

“The 3901 offers features and performance not previously available in an entry-level APS,” says Colin Harper, Product Manager at BPM. “We expect the system will be a great solution for customers that require an APS with low cost of ownership and the ability to add capabilities as their needs change.”

The 3901 has WhisperTeach™, one of BPM’s award-winning exclusive features, as an option. WhisperTeach™ automatically teaches the critical Z-height with 15-micron accuracy for each pick/place location even for very small packages, saving an average of 83% of the time required for the job setup and increasing yield. There is also a CE Mark version for companies that require additional certification.

On-the-fly vision alignment is achieved with CyberOptics®, maintaining consistent speeds without sacrificing precision. While other competitive systems say their technology is “universal,” they may require different types of sites depending on the device mix. The 3901 has truly universal 9th Generation high-speed programming sites, supporting up to 16 devices programmed simultaneously, utilizing the same hardware, algorithms, and software (manual and automated systems). Vector Engine with BitBlast, standard on all BPM’s 9th Gen systems, increases the throughput for high-density eMMC devices, compared to other systems. 9th Gen Technology supports over 37,000 devices, over three times more than BPM’s closest competitor.

BPM manufactures its systems in the ISO 9001:2015 certified plant located in Houston, Texas.

BPM offers the 3910 and 4910 for customers who require greater throughput. To discover more about the 3901, such as pricing and specifications, go to bpmMicro.com/3901APS.

BPM Microsystems Innovates with the 3910 Automated Programming System

BPM Microsystems Innovates with the 3910 Automated Programming System

BPM Microsystems announced today their latest Automated Programming Systems (APS) — the 3910. Rated at 1,432 Devices per Hour (DPH), the 3910 is the fastest device programming system in its class and price range. By utilizing on-the-fly vision centering, the engineering team at BPM increased real production performance by roughly 70% compared to the 3900, while maintaining a mid-level price point in the APS market.

“The 3910 delivers the lowest total cost per device by combining high throughput, ease of use, fast setup, high yield and the flexibility to program virtually any device on a single platform. All this is backed up by the most powerful software in the industry and our award-winning customer service team,” said William White, founder and President of BPM Microsystems.

“We have seen a lot of market excitement with the 3910 APS and we have already taken numerous orders,” said Colin Harper, Product Manager on the 3910. “By combining precision on-the-fly component alignment with optimized motion control, the 3910 is able to achieve real throughput previously only produced with the higher-priced systems. With reliable CSP support and high throughput, the new 3910 is truly in a class by itself,” says Harper.

The 3910 offers WhisperTeach™, one of BPM’s award-winning exclusive features. WhisperTeach™ automatically teaches the critical Z-height with 15-micron accuracy for each pick/place location even for very small packages, saving an average of 83% of the time required for job setup and increasing yield.

On-the-fly vision alignment is achieved with CyberOptics™, originally only available on their flagship product, the 4900. With full-time alignment, the new system can maintain maximum speeds without sacrificing precision. The 3910 has up to four 9th Generation high-speed universal programming sites, supporting up to 16 devices programmed simultaneously. Vector Engine with BitBlast, standard on all BPM’s 9th Gen systems, increases the throughput for high-density eMMC devices, compared to other systems. For example, on a 4GB Toshiba device, Vector Engine with BitBlast reduces program/verify time by over 8 minutes per device. In a direct comparison with one of BPM’s major competitors, that same device finished over 300 seconds faster on the 9th Gen programmer.

BPM will continue to offer the 3900 as a less expensive alternative for customers who don’t require the increased throughput.

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BPM Launches 9th Gen System with Multiple Upgrades

BPM Launches 9th Gen System with Multiple Upgrades

HOUSTON, TX-Dec. 4, 2017-SMT Global & Packaging interviews James Holava, BPM Director of Global Sales, at Productronica about new BPM innovations. BPM is now on its 9th Gen site technology platform, which is backward compatible with most 6th, 7th, and 8th generation sockets. 9th Generation supports the majority of the 39,000+ library* of components and devices that BPM has collected since 2002. This helps clients leverage many existing sockets and gives clients ease regarding the lifespan of future investments.

With the trend in the industry of higher density and smaller package devices, 9th Generation technology also supports the eMMC devices and the HS400 programming mode at 200 MB per second. This provides the throughput manufacturers need today in modern production. To improve handling for smaller device packages, BPM also introduced a new technology called WhisperTeach™. WhisperTeach™ automatically teaches the Z-height of components and removes the opportunity for manual defects.

BPM 9th Gen site technology is available on the 4900 and 3900 automated programming systems, as well as the 2900L and 2900 systems. To learn more about BPM 9th Generation site technology and programmers, please contact BPM.

*As of publication

BPM Microsystems Introduces 4900 APS

BPM Microsystems Introduces 4900 APS

HOUSTON, TX–(U.S. Tech)–Oct. 26, 2017– BPM Microsystems will demonstrate its new 4900 automated memory programming system at Productronica, scheduled to take place November 14 – 17, 2017 in Munich, Germany. The 4900, with its advanced chip-scale part (CSP) device handling, on-the-fly vision alignment, and HS400 programming speeds, satisfies a vast range of programming needs in one automated system. Featuring high-performance laser marking and 3D inspection, the 4900 provides advanced serialization and quality control, meeting the highest programming and cyber security standards for automotive, aerospace, medical, industrial and mobile device industries.

The 4900 is powered by the newest BPM 9th generation technology. This technology programs eMMC in HS400 mode, the highest speed mode available, as well as HS200, DDR and SDR. The 4900 supports a high-mix of devices on the same site, including microcontrollers, FPGA, eMMC, NAND, NOR and Serial Flash, delivering speed and versatility on one system.

Innovations for advanced CSP device handling include BPM patented WhisperTeach™ technology, which fully automates teaching the smallest CSP devices. A new camera delivers vision alignment across the x, y, and z axes, to accurately align small devices while in motion. The new alignment and positioning capabilities of the 4900 allow it to operate at full speed when handling CSP devices.

The 4900 introduces a new hybrid laser that combines fiber and Nd:YAG laser technologies for precision marking quality. Built-in mark verification and laser power monitoring at the point of mark ensure a consistent, damage-free mark on every device. The integrated 3D Inspection system completes the 4900 by delivering full device package validation after programming. The 3D Inspection checks BGA, CSP, QFP, TSOP, SOIC and J-Lead devices for coplanarity, bent lead, pitch, width, diameter, standoff and XY errors. 3D Inspection ensures each device meets specifications resulting in higher quality devices and lower overall costs.

BPM Microsystems Introduces Double-Data Rate (DDR) support for eMMC Flash Memories

BPM Microsystems Introduces Double-Data Rate (DDR) support for eMMC Flash Memories

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.

BPM Microsystems to debut improved configuration of its model 3800 automated programming system at the IPC APEX Expo

HOUSTON — Feb. 14, 2013 — BPM Microsystems announces that its model 3800 automated programming system is now available with a side-mount option for the V-TEK TM-50 tape output media. This reconfiguration offers additional flexibility by allowing the machine to utilize options for tape, tray, tube and marking simultaneously.

“There are a number of advantages to the side-mount option that include improved access to the machine’s sites, less changeover time between jobs with the use of multiple input and output media, and reduced operator attendance,” said Colin Harper, director of sales and marketing. “With these advantages, our customers who opt for this configuration will ultimately see an increase in the number of programmed parts, thus reducing the overall cost per device.”

BPM Microsystems introduced the 3800 in 2010 as the fastest universal device programming solution on the market. It combines the company’s 8th Generation universal programming technology with the speed of the Vector Engine Co-Processor®, which is capable of achieving a peak operating rate of 25 Gbits per second.

The 3800 can be configured to accommodate the standard front-mount or new side-mount option for the TM-50 carrier tape packaging solution. The new configuration will be on display in the company’s booth #108 next week at the IPC APEX Expo in San Diego, CA.