Celebrating 40 Years of Innovative Programming Solutions for the Electronics Industry

40th Anniversary

Data I/O is celebrating 40 years of delivering industry leading 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.  The past 40 years of excellence and experience culminates in the cutting-edge solutions we offer customers today including:

  • RoadRunner Platform:  the world's only just-in-time programming solution that mounts directly onto the SMT machine delivering programmed parts just-before-placement.
  • Factory Integration Software (FIS):  integrate seamlessly into your factory's management strategy with FIS Remote and FIS Track for the RoadRunner3, PS388 & PS588.  Connect FIS to your Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) with your custom software and the FIS SDK kit enabling data driven decision making and automated job download.
  • FLXHD:  the only automated duplication system in a desktop footprint with a 40-device-socket-system with an automated X-Y robotic gantry delivering high throughput for a cost-effective duplication solution.
  • FlashCORE III Programming Engine:  the worlds most popular high speed programming engine. With the largest installed base of programming equipment, FlashCORE is a proven technology with 10's of billions of devices programmed.
  • 8 out of 10 of the world's top wireless manufacturers use Data I/O.
  • Leading automotive companies trust Data I/O to meet their stringent programming requirements.

We invite you to look through our history through the past four decades and see the evolution of our solutions over the years.

In the beginning

Data I/O incorporated in 1969 as Grant Record Enterprises and founded November 12, 1972 by Grant Record and Milt Zeutchel to support commercially available semiconductor devices that were becoming more popular with designers.  Grant worked with a company called Automix Keyboards who built and designed the Model One programming system.  The two engineers that designed the Model One were Milt Zeutchel and Gordy Nichols.  In 1975 Grant, Milt and Gordy separated the company from Automix Keyboards and moved Data I/O to Issaquah Washington.

Over the next 40 years, Data I/O led the industry with cutting edge device programming technology, simplifying things that were previously too difficult, impractical or costly to do and made them accessible to more people:

  • Programming devices in the 70's
  • Electronic schematic capture and logic controller design in the 80's
  • Automated handling for mass production programming in the 90's
  • Synario with a universal VHDL tool in the 90's
  • NAND programming in the 00's
  • Lean manufacturing with RoadRunner

Data I/O continues to develop cutting edge technology and looks forward to 40 more years supporting the electronics industry.

Learn more about Data I/O's 40 year journey:

- 1970's

- 1980's

- 1990's

- 2000's

- 2010's


During the first 40 years Data I/O was the industry leader delivering solutions to meet customers on the forefront of technology.  Over the next 40 years we will continue to see an exponential explosion of programmable devices with increasing file size.   Electronic devices will continue to become increasingly complex and play mission critical roles in our daily lives.  For example, some key trends in the automotive industry are heads up displays, increased use of cameras and sensors to detect hazards on road, body computers, telematics and complex infotainment systems.  The electronics industry needs proven, trusted & reliable solutions (devices are too important to fail) and a broad range of flexible hardware and software solutions customers can use anytime and anywhere they need it.  Data I/O will continue to be the industry leader addressing customers' changing technology and process needs for the next 40 years.

About Data I/O

Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO) is the leading global provider of advanced data and security programming solutions for flash, flash-memory based intelligent devices and microcontrollers for automotive, Internet-of-Things, medical, wireless, consumer electronics, industrial controls and other markets.   Customers use Data I/O’s programming solutions to reliably, securely, and cost-effectively bring innovative new products to life.

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