Software supports 300 Flash/NAND Flash/microcontroller devices.

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FlashPAK(TM) v2003/B update, for FlashPAK high-speed gang desktop programming system, programs high-density Flash memory and microcontroller devices and includes TaskLink(TM) for Windows v5.0, which enables users to configure FlashPAK programmer as network node. Software also provides multi-chip package support for M-Systems' Disk-on-Chip Millennium Plus devices, ProLINE-RoadRunner(TM) inline programming system, and PS300(TM) FlashCORE(TM) automated programming system.



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Data I/O Adds Support for 300 New Flash, NAND Flash and Microcontroller Devices with FlashPAK(TM) v2003/B Networked Programming System Release



Redmond, WA, July 16, 2003 - Data I/O® Corporation (NASDAQ:DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated programming systems today announced the release of FlashPAK version 2003/B update. The update includes TaskLink(TM) for Windows v5.0, providing the ability to configure the FlashPAK programmer as a network node. The new release provides users of FlashPAK programming systems with the ability to program an additional 300 Flash, multi-chip and microcontroller devices.

High-density Flash is heavily used in cellular handsets, mobile devices and consumer products. For these markets, AMD MirrorBit(TM) Flash families, Intel's StrataFlash® wireless Flash memories, key Flash devices from Atmel, Fujitsu, Sharp and STMicroelectronics, plus NAND Flash from Samsung and SanDisk can be programmed on the FlashPAK programmer at very high speeds. Applications include product prototyping, new product introductions, and medium volume production. The same devices are programmed in high volume on Data I/O's ProLINE-RoadRunner(TM) automated inline systems and the PS300(TM) FlashCORE(TM) offline systems as part of Data I/O's connected programming strategy, based on the FlashCORE programming architecture.

The FlashCORE 2003/B release will ship to all Data I/O customers with FlashPAK desktop programming systems July 22, 2003.

NAND Flash Support

New NAND device support includes a range of Samsung K5 and K9 NAND Flash devices, and the SanDisk SDTNF128. While NAND Flash offers significant cost savings for manufacturers of cell phones and consumer electronics, it entails a learning curve in designing and implementing bad block schemes. Data I/O works closely with the manufacturers of NAND Flash devices to support their standard methods of handling bad blocks. The TaskLink for Windows programming task interface assists users in defining specific programming parameters, including the handling of bad blocks within a NAND array. These new features for NAND programming are provided in TaskLink for Windows version 5.0, which is included in this release for FlashPAK customers.

Multi-chip Package Support

M-Systems' Disk-on-Chip Millennium Plus devices are supported in FlashPAK version 2003/B. The Disk-on-Chip devices have proven to be popular in mobile applications such as PDAs as well as for connected devices such as digital set top boxes and thin clients.

Growing Microcontroller Support

The global microcontroller market, driven by consumer and automotive applications, will increase to $14.3 billion by 2006.* Release of initial microcontroller programming capability on FlashCORE in March 2003 came about through Data I/O's close partnership with key customers in the automotive industry, programming centers and EMS (electronics manufacturing services) companies. Data I/O's constantly growing device list includes support for Motorola 9S12 and 68HC08 families used in these applications.

FlashPAK(TM) Programming System: Optimized for High-Density Flash Device Programming

Data I/O FlashPAK is a high-speed gang desktop programming system for prototype and production programming environments. The FlashPAK programming system is designed to program the leading high-density Flash memory and microcontroller devices at near theoretical minimum programming times and at the lowest cost per programmed part. FlashPAK complements the ProLINE-RoadRunner and PS300 systems, and fulfills the Data I/O Connected Programming Strategy, by providing consistent use of programming architecture and algorithms from initial design through prototype and production.

ProLINE-RoadRunner(TM): The World's Fastest and Most Cost Effective Inline Programming System

The ProLINE-RoadRunner, an automated inline programming feeder, is targeted for high-volume users of high-density Flash memory devices and microcontrollers, including cellular phone, automotive, and consumer electronics manufacturers. The ProLINE-RoadRunner removes devices from tape, programs two to four devices in parallel, then delivers the programmed parts to the pick-up point of the placement machine.

PS300(TM) FlashCORE(TM) Automated Programming System for High Volume Programming

The PS300FC automated programming system accommodates up to twelve programmers (up to 48 programming sites), surpassing any throughput currently available. Combining FlashCORE programmers with a high-speed handler, PS300 has a unique architecture that delivers the lowest programming cost in offline programming operations. This is accomplished by the combination of exceptional programming speed, a reliable handler platform, system scalability and software-based process control.

Data I/O's Connected Programming Strategy

The connected programming strategy rests on the ability to easily communicate and seamlessly transfer algorithms, data files, and programming profiles up and down the supply chain. Data I/O's vision is lean manufacturing based on just-in-time programming, minimized inventory, and flexible manufacturing. FlashCORE is the high-speed programming architecture underlying Data I/O's automated inline programming system ProLINE-RoadRunner, the high-speed offline-handler PS300, FlashCORE, and FlashPAK desktop programming systems.

About Data I/O

Celebrating 30 years of innovative leadership in the device programming industry, Data I/O Corporation® (NASDAQ: DAIO) provides manual and automated device programming systems that specifically address the requirements of engineering and manufacturing operations. FlashCORE(TM) is the architecture behind a family of programmers that deliver the highest throughput and lowest cost per programmed device. For Flash, micro and logic device support, the MultiSyte and UniSite families provide universal support and versatility to address a wide variety of programming needs. Data I/O Corporation is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, and has sales and service offices worldwide. For more information, see www.dataio.com or call 800-426-1045.

* "SIA Projects 16.8% Growth for 2004 Global Semiconductor Sales" press release issued by Semiconductor Industry Association, June 11, 2003, sia-online.org/pre_release.cfm?ID=273

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