What is Programming-as-a-Service?

What is Programming-as-a-Service?

EPSGlobal offers IC programming-as-a-service to the automotive, consumer, industrial, aerospace & defense electronics industries. So what does that mean?

Programming-as-a-service is a facility that allows Electronic Manufacturers to outsource the programming of integrated circuits to a Programming House, removing the complexity and considerable time burden of programming during in-circuit test, thus introducing increased efficiencies on the production line and cost savings to an organization.

Programming your ICs during ICT is time consuming, in some cases resulting in line stoppages. By outsourcing your semiconductor programming, the chips arrive at ICT pre-programmed to your specifications, and are ready to be placed on the board, streamlining the manufacturing process and saving time, which in turn saves money. In addition, leveraging a Programming House’s infrastructure removes the heavy upfront cost of programming machinery and ongoing maintenance and staff operating expenses typically required for device programming.

Where does EPSGlobal fit in?
EPSGlobal is one of the world’s largest independent chip Programming Houses. We have state-of-the-art programming facilities in Hungary, Romania, Czech, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, USA (NPI), China, Malaysia and Thailand, and we have five additional in-plant locations with large CEMs. We pride ourselves in consistently providing the highest quality, competitive pricing, and reliable, on-time value-added services to our customers. We provide 24-hour turnaround on all first articles.

EPS goes where PCBA happens – we’re strategically located in all major automotive electronic manufacturing hubs worldwide, which means you benefit from responsiveness and rapid delivery. We invest in the latest programming equipment so you don’t have to, in fact we manufacture our own innovative high speed automatic handlers in our R&D Center in Czech Republic that are a result of applying 30 plus years of systematic observation and measurement of what our customers really need. Because we work with Tier 1 automotive electronics suppliers, we are regularly required to pass customer audits to the highest quality management levels, including automotive-specific German qualifications for mission-critical applications.

Our capabilities include fully automatic programming systems with OCV vision systems, 3D inspection, coplanarity checking, serialization and custom marking. We have also developed machine monitoring software, specialized programmers and custom carrier tape manufacture. We can tape and reel any surface-mount, radial or axial SMD component of any shape or size.

For a full list of our services, visit our website here or if you would like further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Glossary of Terms
IC: Integrated Circuit
ICT: In-Circuit Test