Vector Programming System
Mon, 08/27/2007 - 11:09am
BPM Microsystems' Flashstream offers flash programming of NAND and NOR flash memory at speeds as low as 2.5 percent over the theoretical programming minimum. The company’s Vector Engine 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. Designed for high-density flash, the Flashstream programs NAND and NOR Flash up to 32 Gb and has upgradeable RAM for future densities. It comes standard with 4,191 Mb (32.7 Gb) memory per site that is upgradeable to handle future densities and communicates with USB 2.0 between the host PC and programmer. The Flashstream can program a 512 Mb NAND device with a full random pattern in 15.4 seconds while staying within manufacturer-specified programming requirements. The programmer also includes bad block replacement scheme for NAND and low voltage support. Multiple Flashstream units can be connected to one computer to run the same programming job in concurrent programming mode. Single units can be mechanically connected. An 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 Flashstream offers what is said to be the only single socket card purchase for first article qualification. It also includes Active, Pass and Fail LED status indicators on each individual socket card, as well as the option of Auto-start on continuity check.