Data I/O Corporation Celebrates 40 Years of Innovative

Data I/O Corporation Celebrates 40 Years of Innovative Programming
Solutions for the Electronics Industry 
REDMOND, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 --  Data I/O Corporation
(NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated device
programming solutions, is celebrating 40 years of delivering
innovative programming solutions to the electronics industry. For the
past four decades Data I/O has developed innovative solutions to
enable the design and manufacture of electronic products including
mobile devices, infotainment systems, navigation equipment,
industrial controls, engine control units and more.  
Grant Record and Milt Zeutchel founded Data I/O in November 1972 to
support commercially available semiconductor devices that were
becoming more popular with designers. Data I/O introduced the first
commercial universal device programmer, the Model 1, in 1972. Over
the next forty years, Data I/O continually evolved its technology
becoming the industry leader providing electronic design software,
programming equipment and software solutions for the latest device
technologies including EPROM, EEPROM, NOR Flash, FRAM, NAND Flash and
With a deep understanding of device technology and customer needs,
Data I/O is known for collaborating with customers to create high
quality leading edge products that solve their problems.  
"At Microsoft we value our close working relationship with Data I/O.
When confronted with challenges associated with Programming Flash
Memories, Data I/O is very supportive in understanding our
requirements and providing solutions that meet those needs. We value
Data I/O, both as a partner and trusted supplier. We'd like to wish
them a happy 40th anniversary," said Kevin Lo - Senior Hardware
Design Engineer, Microsoft. 
Below is a selection of Data I/O's accomplishments over the past 40

--  1972 - First commercial PROM programmer (Model 1)
--  1980 - First universal PROM programmer (UniPAK)
--  1982 - First in-circuit programmer (Model 261)
--  1983 - First schematic capture software (FutureNet)
--  1988 - First automated handler/programmer (Handler 300)
--  1994 - First PCMCIA card reader/writer (CardPro)
--  1998 - First windows based process control software (TaskLink for
--  2000 - First programmer at placement (ProLINE-RoadRunner)
--  2002 - First FPGA based programmer (FlashPAK)
--  2005 - First modular desktop handler (FLX500)
--  2011 - First configurable inline programmer (RoadRunner3)
--  2011 - First factory integrated software (FIS for RoadRunner3)
--  2012 - First eMMC automated desktop handler (FLXHD)

"In an industry that has changed dramatically over 40 years, Data I/O
has maintained the ability to adapt to the changing electronics
landscape by creating innovative products and developing a close
connection with customers. Data I/O is the preferred and trusted
supplier to the leading global electronic manufacturers," said
Anthony Ambrose, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation. "I am
excited to continue Data I/O's tradition of innovation and lead the
company into our next 40 years," stated Ambrose. 
To learn more about Data I/O's first 40 years visit: 
About Data I/O Corporation 
For 40 years, Data I/O Corporation has been the world leader in the
manufacture, distribution and service of innovative solutions for
programmable devices. Since 1972, we have championed the use and
growth of programmable devices in a wide variety of industries and
products. Today, our customers manufacture millions of products each
year using Data I/O programming solutions to reliably, securely, and
cost-effectively implement their Intellectual Property into
programmable devices. And for the future, virtually every new
electronic product produced by OEM, ODM, or EMS facilities represents
another potential customer for Data I/O solutions. 
In collaborative innovation with our customers, Data I/O provides
programming solutions for devices in any package, whether programmed
in a socket or on a circuit board. Our expertise in programmable
integrated circuits, global supply chain processes, and IP management
and protection helps bring innovative new products to life. Data I/O
joins in partnership with our customers to provide "Application
Innovation" solutions that integrate device management into existing
business processes. These solutions are backed by a global network of
Data I/O support and service providers, assuring success for our
For further information on Data I/O, please visit or
call 800-426-1045. 
Data I/O Corporation 
Jennifer Higgins
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