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System programs NAND, NOR memory in a flash

Houston, Tex.—BPM Microsystems' Cheetah Flash Vector Programming system is designed to program NAND and NOR flash memory at speeds as low as 2.5 percent over theoretical programming minimum.

BPM attributes this level of speed to its proprietary co-processor technology called Vector Engine that uses a proprietary co-processor design to hardware-accelerate flash memory waveforms during the programming cycle.

Faster speeds are achieved through synchronous operations that eliminate the dead times when the DUT waits on the programmer. The result is programming near the theoretical limits of the silicon design—the faster the device, the faster the device is programmed.

Designed for high-density flash, the Cheetah programs NAND and NOR flash up to 32 Gbits and has upgradeable RAM for future densities. It comes standard with 4191-Mbit (32.7-Gbit) memory per site that is upgradeable to handle future densities and communicates with USB 2.0 between the host PC and programmer.

The programmer also includes bad block replacement scheme for NAND and low voltage support. A four-socket manual system, Cheetah is BPM's first dedicated hardware design for flash memories. Multiple Cheetah units can be connected to one computer to run the same programming job in concurrent programming mode. Single units can be mechanically connected. Also, a LED display identifies the programmer number that corresponds to software instructions.

Featuring the capability to program with one, two, three or four socket cards, the Cheetah offers the only single socket card purchase for first article qualification. It is easy to remove and stores with little space. Additionally, it includes Active, Pass and Fail LED status indicators on each individual socket card, as well as the option of Auto-start on continuity check.

Cheetah will be available for purchase starting May 1, 2007.For specifications, go to cheetah.bpmmicro.com.

BPM Microsystems, 713-688-4600 or 800-225-2102, www.bpmmicro.com

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