The 1990's ushered in an expansive growth in the consumption of NOR Flash memories was driven by high demands in the wireless market.  The world wide web was just starting to take off with the introduction of Netscape and Windows Explorer.  The way people work and communicate forever changed.  In keeping up with technology and industry trends Data I/O:

  • introduced the ProMaster platform - the first handlers to met high-volume programming demands in the growing wireles industry.
  • Windows based process control software, TaskLink, reducing errors with a simplified process.

ProMaster Platform


The industry leading ProMaster platform is Data I/O's first family of Automated Device Handlers supporting fine pitch devices. Designed for electronic manufactures, the ProMaster was able to program a wide variety of devices. Different versions of the platform incorporate a variety of media options including tube input, tube output, laser marking and tray making the ProMaster an ideal choice for electronics manufacturers.


ProMaster 2500:  1992 - First Handler with Built-in Programming Electronics

  • First automated handler with an integrated programmer
  • Single tube input and dual tube with one output tube designated for rejects
  • PM2500 supported print-on demand label marking


ProMaster 3000:  1992 - 2000 First Programming Handler with Marking

  • First automated programming system with integrated thermal label marking
  • First automated programming system supporting surface mount devices (SMDs) including PLCC and SOIC
  • First auto-indexing input/output universal tube holders supporting any tube size with no tooling requirements


ProMaster 7000/7500:  1992 - First Handlers with Laser Marking

  • Tube-to-tube automated programming systems with laser marking
  • PM7000 features one Data I/O AutoSite programmer
  • PM7500 features two Autosite programmers for higher throughput capability


ProMaster 9500:  1995 - First Fine Pitch Automated Programming System

  • Supports fine-pitch programmable devices in both tubes and tray
  • Input and Output tray stackers supported up to 20 JEDEC trays for continuous operation
  • Devices were laser marked on a rotary pedestal


ProMaster 970:  1997

  • High-speed automated programming and handling system
  • 8, 10 or 12 programming sites
  • Universal programming system supports memory, microcontroller and logic devices in all package types

Engineering Programmers


By providing the latest technology in device programming coupled with the highest reliability in the industry, the LabSite, 2700 & ChipLab was designed with engineers in mind.


LabSite:  1994

  • Windows based programmer designed specifically for engineering facilities
  • Combines highly reliable programming technology with flexible, single-site support for popular logic, memory and microcontroller devices



2700:  1995-1997

  • Affordable, Microsoft Windows-based universal device programmer designed specifically for engineering facilities
  • Combines highly reliable programming technology with flexible, single-site support for Flash memory, PLDs and microcontrollers


ChipLab:  1994

  • Programs Microcontrollers and Flash PROMs, PLDs, CPLDs and EEPROMs
  • Uses IBM-compatible parallel port for high-speed downloads.  ChipLab uses a DOS based PC interface to provide an accessible programming environment.

ChipWriter Platform


Data I/O's ChipWriter Platform is a low-cost universal programmer supporting a wide variety of memory, microcontroller and logic devices.



Low-cost 48-pin universal programmer supporting a full range of popular and leading edge-memory, microcontroller and logic devices.

ChipWriter Gang:

Low-cost, highspeed production programmer featuring one master and eight 32-pin DIp copy sockets with both gang and set programming capabilities.

ChipWriter Portable:

Low-cost, fully portable, 40-pin universal programmer supporting a wide range of memory, microcontroller and logic devices.  Ideal for field service applications, the battery operated system featrues a build-in 30 button keypad and 40 x 2 LCD display.




In the 1990's Data I/O partnered with vendors to develop a number of industry leading adapter designs including the Package Pin-out Adapters for the 2900/3900/3980xpi, the first universal PLCC/LLC socket adapter and the FlashTOP Adapter.

Package Pin-out Adapters:  1990

Data I/O developed a unique Package Pin-out Interface (PPI) adapter base.  The PPI Base connects to a bed of nails spa-block on the PinSite adapter and 2900/3900/3980xpi programmers.


First Universal PLCC/LLC Socket Adapter

Data I/O and Aries co-designed the universal PLCC socket adapter

  • Device support for 20-84 pin PLCC devices
  • Uses plastic inserts to align devices
  • Has 36 additional pin drivers


FlashTOP Adapter:  1999 - First Flash Gang Socket

While competitive programmer companies were boasting that single socket concurrent and asynchronous programming is the wave of the future, Data I/O developed the first Gang Socket Adapter enabling users of high density Flash to quadruple their programming capacity of their existing Data I/O equipment.  Today, most leading programming equipment suppliers have adopted the gang programming adapter model.

MultiSyte Programmers


In 1998 Data I/O introduced the MultiSyte Programmers combining universal device support with Data I/O's interchangeable TOPs technology supporting virtually any package type.



The versatile MultiSyte combines universal device support with Data I/O's highly reliable, interchangeable TOPs technology to support virtually any package on the market.

High-speed parallel programming technology, teamed with manufacturer-approved programming algoirthms, optimize your programming throughput, reliability and yields.

Boundary Site


With an increase in demand to program devices on the circuit boards, Data I/O partnered with JTAG Technologies and introduced the BoardSite on-board programmer in 1998.


Data I/O teams up with JTAG Technologies and introduced the BoardSite on-board programmer.  The 1149.1 test standard can be used to program compatible logic devices on an assembled circuit board.  BoundarySite interfaces to the board via the standard Test Access Port (TAP).  All that's required is the BoundarySite Programmer, a JTAG compliant PCB board, and a 4-wire Test Access Point (TAP).  Falsh Memory can be programmed on-board via any Boundary Scan compliant microprocessor on the same board.



Synario is the world's most powerful, easy-to-use design system for FPGAs and complex PLDs allowing users to focus on their design rather than which tool to use.



In 1993 Data I/O acquires CADCAM Group Assets.  This includes the CADCAM and schematic capture EDA Tools that became part of Synario.

Synario is the worl'd most powerful, easy-to-use design system for FPGAs and complex PLDs.  It is a tightly integrated Windows-based environment that incorporates mixed-mode design entry (schematics, ABEL-HDL, VHDL and graphical state machine), simulation (functional and timing), logic synthesis, vendors-supplied place-and-route software, and project management.

Synario's 'point & click' operations help lead designs through the multi-step FPGA design process.  Synario's Project Navigator is unique among FPGA tools because it has detailed built-in knowledge of each device's design flow.  Synario allows the user to focus on the design rather than which tools to use.


TaskLink for Windows


In 1998 Data I/O introduced TaskLink for Windows; the first windows based process control software. TaskLink for Windows is used on all of Data I/O's equipment to create and manage programming Tasks.

1998 - First Windows Based Process Control Software

Our friendly interface simplifies setup and execution of device programming to assure error-free results.

  • Illegal bit check, blank check, program and verify
  • 32 bit CRC verification for security and quality
  • Device serialization
  • Job statistics and data logging
  • Standard interface for all Data I/O socketed programming systems

Celebrating Data I/O's 40th Anniversary

Read of a summary of Data I/O's 40 year history.