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Legacy Automated Programmers from BPM Microsystems

Legacy Automated Programmers from BPM Microsystems

Legacy Automated Programmers from BPM Microsystems

Hundreds Still Running

Several hundred of our legacy Automated Programming Systems (defined as machines we no longer offer for sale) are still in operation; many 15 years and older. There may be some compelling reasons to upgrade (such as capacity issues, or slower programming times for newer devices), but if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Many of these older machines have been paid off for years (other than spare parts and consumables), so as long as they are still productive, an older system is a pure profit center.

BPM still supports many systems (there are some exceptions, so please check the End of Life page). You can continue to get parts and support with a current hardware and/or software contract.

 

Upgrade

To find out more about upgrading your existing 3800MK2 or 3900 to make it faster and have greater, more accurate throughput, let us know!

Available Upgrades

APS legacy models 3800MK2 and 3900 use upward vision camera technology for component alignment. These APS can be upgraded to get new hardware and software for on-the-fly vision alignment and higher performance with a CyberOptics on-the-fly alignment camera and other improvements with the Z and Theta Axis.

Compelling Reasons to Upgrade

Performance: The 3800MK2 to 3810 upgrade combined with other hardware improvements will allow 800 DPH (3800MK2) to an impressive 1200 DPH. This is accomplished because of the sophisticated CyberOptic LNC-120 for on-the-fly vision alignment and improved pick and place movement using hardware/software advancements.

The 3900 to 3910 upgrade improves Devices Per Hour from 1100 DPH (3900) to an impressive 1432 DPH for the 3910.

Component Automeasure, supported with the CyberOptics alignment camera allows customers to set up jobs more quickly. WhisperTeach allows for faster job setups and changeovers.

CSP devices are supported. The LNC-120 is a sophisticated alignment camera capable of accurately and repeatedly aligning the smallest programmable devices presently on the market as of September 2019.

This is not simply a “camera change.” Upgrade include a new e-chain, improved hardware and performance improvements for the Z-Axis, plus faster, more accurate, and faster Theta performance (rotation alignment).

Legacy Machines Still In Operation

  APS Model Operating Machines by Generation
3000FS
3610 6th Gen

6th Gen launched in 2000 (20 years)
4610
3710-3710MK2

7th Gen

7th Gen launched in 2007 (13 years)

4710
3800 8th Gen

8th Gen launched in 2011 (8+ years)
3800MK2
3800W7-32
4800
4800W7-32

 

Windows 10

We’re pleased to announce that BPWin Windows 10 Compatible version went live with the launch of version 7.0.0. BPWin is currently compatible with Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 10, 64-Bit operating system; users can now take advantage of the newest Windows operating system with greater speed, security, and access to the latest OS updates (Microsoft announced it will cease support for legacy OS– see full info from Microsoft here).

Important: you’ll need a current Software Support Contract for all APS and 2XXX Manual Programmers. Contact Inside Sales for contract support.

If you’re interested in Windows 10 support on your current system, contact Technical Support for more information. You may need additional hardware to support Windows 10.

Upgrade

To find out more about upgrading your existing 3800MK2 or 3900 to make it faster and have greater, more accurate throughput, let us know!

Universal Device Programmers

Universal Device Programmers

Some solutions are more “universal” than others

There are quite a few device programming solutions that describe themselves as “universal.” You would think everyone is using the term “universal” the same way. Think again.

“Universal” as an adjective, means: “of, affecting, or done by all people or things in the world or in a particular group; applicable to all cases,” (Definitions from Oxford Languages). What does it mean to be “universal?” First, let’s go back to the first “universal” programmer…

BPM 1200, the First Universal Programmer

In the early 1990s, there was no such thing as a universal device programmer. If you wanted to program a different family of devices (for instance, an EPROM and a TSOP), it required purchasing two (or more) different programmers. The reason was the interface between the device and the programmer was hard-wired.

In 1992, BPM Microsystems (back then, they were called BP Microsystems) developed the 1200 Manual Programmer with a serial port connector. It was the first “universal” programmer– you could request additional device interfaces that would allow you to program more than just one device (or family of devices). BPM developed the first socket adapters, which are now used by all off-line device programmers.

Universal Hardware/Software 

Each device has specific programming parameters. It is not just a matter of sending an electrical signal to a specific pin—each device requires a unique algorithm to ensure it is programmed correctly. 

For instance, for a device programmer to support a NAND flash device, two algorithms are needed. The first is the conventional device programming algorithm as specified by the semiconductor manufacturer. The second is the BBM algorithm. The BBM algorithm is a user-selectable software module that interfaces with the device programming algorithm. Its implementation depends upon the target system, not just the NAND device. The challenge is in obtaining a well-defined BBM algorithm specification. See White Paper Here.

Algos “translate” the data into a specific pattern based on the specs from the semi-house. It also sends the correct electrical signal to the correct pin. See Signal Integrity Article Here.

In 1996, BPM introduced the 4100, the first universal fine-pitch automated pick-and-place programming system. Finally, there was a solution to program, at scale, a variety of devices. Again, prior to the 4100, pick-and-place programmers could only program-specific families of devices.

Fast-forward to Today

BPM Microsystems pioneered universal device programming, but nowadays, most device programming solutions are “universal,” right? While it’s true that the days of single-use programmers (except for some extremely high-volume machines) died 25 years ago, that doesn’t mean that all “universal” programmers are truly universal.

Take, for instance, Data I/O. They make automated and manual device programmers in the US and China; they promote their programmers as “universal,” but that depends on your device programming requirements. Data I/O uses two different programming site technologies. Their FlashCORE III sites were developed in 2009; their newer LumenX sites came out in 2016. Let’s say you have a mix of eMMC, MCU, and EPROM devices to program. Their “universal” solution would require two sets of sites; LumenX sites for faster programming with eMMC devices and FlashCORE III to program the others. Are they, in fact, “universal?” Sounds like “not really.”

BPM’s 9th Generation Technology launched in 2016. 9th Gen sites with Vector Engine™ Co-Processor accelerate flash memory waveforms for programming near the theoretical limits of silicon design. The faster the device, the faster it’s programmed. With data transfer rates to 50 Gb per second, and verify rates up to 200 MB per second, 9th Gen sites offer the industry’s fastest times with even more capacity compared to other systems in its class. 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. Plus, by downloading image files up to 25 MB per second to all programmers simultaneously, the system rapidly produces devices at maximum achievable throughput.

PSV5000 vs BPM 3928

Comparing the two platforms (Data I/O vs. BPM) with similar specifications in a typical configuration, a Data I/O PSV5000 would require two FlashCORE III sites, plus one LumenX site (total of 3), while a BPM 3928 would require two 9th Gen sites (which is included in the basic machine configuration). The BPM 3928 is upgradable to five more sites (a total of seven); The PSV5000 can add three additional sites for a total of 6 sites. But only three or four could be used at a time (depending on which site technology is added). The BPM solution is much less expensive because it is actually universal, and allows you to utilize all the connected sites simultaneously.

One could argue that the PSV5000 could be set up with six FlashCORE III sites or six LumenX sites (for a total of 12 sites)– you would only have to switch out the sites when you set-up for the specific job. Realistically, that’s not a viable option. The price for just the sites would cost more than double the original PSV5000 and would take many additional hours to do each change-over.

In the case of a site failure (it happens), with BPM’s universal sites and fault-tolerant hardware/software, the “dead” site can be automatically bypassed; thus, production still goes on (albeit, at reduced capacity). Recall the mix of eMMC, MCU, and EPROM devices to program. Their “universal” solution would require two sets of sites; LumenX sites for faster programming with eMMC devices and FlashCORE III to program the others. if the single LumenX site goes out on the PSV5000, your programming on the LumenX site is stopped until you can get the site replaced or repaired.

It’s always a good idea to plan for failures (they happen) by having a spare site available on-site (all APS manufacturers can provide you with spare kits). With BPM’s single-site technology, you only need one spare, which saves thousands of dollars. When getting a quote on an APS, make sure to ask for spares (and if you’ll need just one or two).

Universal could also mean “future-proof.” Knowing that 9th Gen sites can program legacy devices as well as the newest flash devices means your investment is not soon obsolete. BPM has customers that are still programming on ten- to 15-year-old (and older) 8th and 7th Gen machines. BPM continues to provide support for these legacy systems, and plan to for the foreseeable future.

Sockets

Socket modules and socket cards are the electro-mechanical interfaces between the programmable semiconductor device and the programmer. It’s one of the secrets to BPM’s Universal Programming. The robust design is ideal for manufacturing and design environments where high signal integrity and reliable performance are critical.

The sophisticated technology of BPM Microsystems’ active circuitry delivers the cleanest waveform signals to the device by eliminating noise, ground bounce, and overshoot, which allows for the most reliable vector testing available to ensure the highest quality and overall yield.

Signal Integrity designed into the socket card allows for high quality/high-speed communication between the programmer and the device under test (DUT). High-quality communication allows for high-speed data transfer.  How?

  • Multiple layer PCBs
  • Ground plane
  • Controlled impedance
  • Active circuit
  • High-quality, gold-plated Samtec connectors on all 9th Gen Sites and Sockets


BPM Microsystems offers a substantial number of socket modules and socket cards to support thousands of devices from over 218 semiconductor manufacturers. Currently, there are over 39,000 devices supported on 9th Gen (three times greater than BPM’s nearest competitor).

New socket module and socket card designs are continuously added and can be requested to meet your programming needs (you can request support here).

“Universal” also means many of our older sockets (7th and 8th Gen) work with 9th Gen sites. When you upgrade to 9th Gen’s much faster programming protocol, it’s possible you can use your existing sockets (see if your socket is compatible here).

Universal Device programming with 9th Gen

First Article to automated device production, use the same software, same sockets, same algos, same results.

Finally, universal means using the same software (BPWin), and sockets/algos on all 9th Gen programmers, from manual to automated (the only additional thing needed on the automated programmers are pressure plates which are inexpensive and last forever). No matter if it’s the first article to final production, nearly everything is compatible.

Conclusion

BPM’s universal device programmers are truly universal, in every sense of the word. In an uncertain world during uncertain times, it’s comforting to know a BPM solution will deliver years of reliably programmed devices, and that “universal” actually means “universal.”

BPM compares the 1710 and the 2900 Manual Programmers

BPM compares the 1710 and the 2900 Manual Programmers

BPM compares the 1710 and the 2900 Manual Programmers

Join Shelby B., our Inside Sales Intern, as she breaks down the benefits of the 1710 7th Gen manual programmer vs. the 2900, our latest 9th Gen manual programmer.

Features of the 1710

  • Program up to 4 devices at once using the FX socket modules
  • Able to support the FSM48D (handles 98% of the DIP package devices) and FSM84UP (handles 95% of the PLCC package devices) modules
  • Supports hundreds of different packages with a broad range of socket modules.
  • Supports many legacy devices: PLD, MCU, PAL, GAL, CPLD, FPGA, EPROM, NOR Flash, EEPROM, Actel Antifuse devices, and more
  • 49400 devices supported out of the box
  • Supports high and very low voltage devices
  • Industry-standard for mission-critical Aerospace and Military programing
  • Lifetime software renewal is included with this machine

Features of the 2900

  • Modern High-Speed Universal Programmer capable of programming at the theoretical limits of the device
  • Proprietary Vector Engine Coprocessor that stands alone in the industry
  • Designed more like a high-speed test system
  • Boasts a support list of almost 40,000 devices
  • Weekly device support additions
  • Programs up to 4 devices at a time using socket cards and daughter cards (FVE, LX, WX, WAS, WS)
  • Can purchase a single socket card for first article qualification
  • Programmer workhorse, capable of programming 10’s of thousands of devices annually.
  • Up to twelve (12) 2900 programmers can run a job at a single workstation Has backward compatibility with (almost) all devices supported on the 8th Generation (2800, 3800, 4800, etc) and most devices supported on the 7th Generation (1710, 2710, 3710, etc)
  • Supports the NAND flash series of devices
  • Supports the eMMC series of devices including the following programming speed modes: SDR, DDR, HS200 & HS400
  • 256GB onboard programming memory, expandable to 512GB
  • Technology poised to support newer high-density memory devices
  • Both use BPWin, the best process software The user experience and therefore the learning curve moving from a 1710 to a 2900 is almost nil.

To find out more, check out https://bpmmicro.com/programmers/manu…

Transcript:
Hey, y’all this is Shelby at BPM Microsystems. I’m with the inside sales team and you probably recognize my voice from some of those phone calls I make every day following up on y’all’s quotes and things like that. Anyways I just want to dive right in and talk about the 1710 programmer and the 2900 programmer and talk about some of the features and benefits that we offer here at BPM Microsystems.

All right so let’s dive right in and talk about the 1710 programmer. this is our programmer that programs a lot of our legacy devices. it was actually created in 2004 so it’s one of our older machines but it’s still one of the most popular machines that we sell here at BPM. The 1710 supports hundreds of different packages with a broad range of socket modules and it also supports many legacy devices like the PAP the GAL the CPLD the FPGA the EEPROM nor flash EEPROM and Actel antifuse devices. And an amazing fact about the 7th gen is that we support 49,400 devices out of the box. Wow, that’s a lot! it also supports high and very low voltage devices and it’s the industry standard for mission-critical aerospace and military programming. pretty amazing right? the 7th gen is able to support the fsm48d which handles 98% of the dip package devices. this is it closed and this is it open pretty easy to take on and take off. Okay, so it also supports the fsm84up which handles 95% of the PLCC package devices. that’s it open.

Now that we’ve learned a little bit about the 1710 let’s move on over to the 9th gen our newest model. The 2900 is a modern high-speed universal programmer that is capable of programming at the theoretical limit of the device this handles a lot of our future devices our newer devices whereas the 1710 was handling a lot of our older devices on board it includes proprietary vector engine coprocessor that stands alone in the industry vastly increasing throughput for high-density devices the 9th gen boasts a support list of almost 40000 devices wow it has weekly device support additions and programs up to four devices at a time using socket cards and daughter cards fve, lx, wx, was, and ws unlike most of our competitors who require you to purchase multiple saga cards at once you only have to purchase one for your first article and if you need more capacity no problem you can add up to 11 more programmers for a total of 12 programmers on a single computer programming up to 48 devices at a time isn’t that pretty awesome? the 9th gen has backward compatibility with all socket modules supported on the 8th generation that’s the 2800 3800 4800 etc and also most socket modules on the 7th generation so that’s your 1710 2710 3710 etc

the 9th Gen supports the NAND flash series of devices supports the EMMC series of devices including the following program speed modes sdr, ddr, hs200, and hs400. the onboard memory of the 2900 is 256 gigabytes and is expandable up to 512 gigabytes. Wow that’s a lot of megabytes (off camera: you meangigabytes?) whatever.

So to sum up what we talked about today your 1710 programmer is going to be a little bit slower but it’s going to be for programming those older devices like your legacy devices whereas your 2900 is going to be a little faster and it’s better for newer and higher density devices. one of the benefits of having a 1710 over the 2900 is software is included for life so you don’t have to get a renewed quote for it every year like you would have to on the 2900. However the 2900 is going to be a lot faster and it has a lot sleeker design it’s just better for overall production if you’re going to be using those newer and higher density devices both of these are going to be using bp win so if you are looking to purchase a new programmer and you don’t want to get rid of your bp win you don’t have to fret because both of these use that actually all of our programmers do.

If you are interested or have any questions regarding these programmers you can email tech at bpmicro.com or if you’re interested in purchasing you can email inside sales bpmicro.com thank you guys so much for watching this video I really hope you enjoyed it and I will see you guys next time. bye!

(That’s like a lot of gigabytes)