Fully programmed microcontrollers direct from Acal BFi

With the increasing trend towards flash-based microcontrollers, many companies who design with these components have had to add a programming step in between the goods-receipting process and production, which can cause errors.

Acal BFi can supply its flash-based microcontrollers fully programmed with your code, giving you devices that can be directly used in the manufacturing process with no additional processing steps. All programmed devices can be supplied marked according to your requirements, clearly identifying the program and its revision level.

Three simple steps

The process can be broken down into three simple steps.

  • Step 1 – you send the program code and full microcontroller part number to Acal BFi along with your internal part number and reference.
  • Step 2 – we will program a small number of devices with this code, mark them with your internal part number and then submit them to you as first-article samples.
  • Step 3 – you verify that the first-article samples are programmed correctly and provide appropriate confirmation to us. We will then enter your part number into our system, providing a unique reference that lets you order subsequent microcontrollers whenever you need them.

Once this is all set up, you can continue to order with confidence.

The benefits of a fully programmed microcontroller

  • Ordering by your part number – reducing the risk of installing the wrong code when the same microcontroller is used in different products. It also simplifies inventory management.
  • Total cost of ownership reduced – the microcontroller is supplied pre-programmed and ready to run in your system.
  • Packaging – your microcontroller can be supplied in tubes, trays or tape-and-reel depending on device and volume.
  • Standards compliant – programmed using manufacturer approved programmers in facilities accredited to ISO9001 with device handling in line with appropriate JEDEC recommendations and standards.
  • State-of-the art logistics – including just-in-time, kanban, ship-to-line and buffer-stocking to agreed levels support your inventory and cash-flow.
  • IP protection – with NDA agreements to ensure that your interllectual property is protected from leaking to your competitors.

Trust Acal BFi to give you the quick response, reliable service and quality product you need to keep your project moving.

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To find out more about programmed microcontrollers, please get in touch with our Semiconductor team.


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