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Data I/O Releases Preliminary Third Quarter Results

REDMOND, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/09/12 -- Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated device programming systems, today announced that for the third quarter of 2012, it expects to report revenues of $4.3 million and a net loss of approximately $1.3 million. The net loss includes restructure charges of approximately $214,000 and an excess and obsolete inventory charge of $164,000.

Bookings for the quarter were $4.1 million and backlog was $1.0 million as of September 30, 2012. The Company believes the decline in orders and revenue compared to the prior year is primarily due to the continued trend of reduced capital spending resulting from the downturn and economic uncertainty related to the European sovereign debt and to a downturn in Asia-based electronics manufacturing. Orders were down 42% compared to the third quarter of 2011.

The Company remains in a strong financial position with cash of approximately $11.2 million and no debt at the end of the quarter.

Data I/O Corporation expects to announce final results for the third quarter of 2012 on Monday, October 29, 2012 after the market closes. Management will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results at 2 p.m. Pacific Time/5 p.m. Eastern Time that same day.

To listen to the conference call, please dial (612) 332-0802, passcode: DAIO. A taped replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for one week. To access the replay, please dial (320) 365-3844, access code: 267798. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet; visit the News section of the Data I/O Corporation website at to access the call from the site. This webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Data I/O Corporation website approximately one hour after the conclusion of the conference call.

About Data I/O Corporation
Celebrating 40 years of expertise in delivering intellectual property to programmable devices, Data I/O offers complete, integrated manufacturing solutions in wireless, automotive, programming center, semiconductor, and industrial control market segments for OEM, ODM, EMS and semiconductor companies. Data I/O is the leader in programming and provides hardware and software solutions for turn-key programming and device testing services, as well as in-system (on-board), in-line (right before use at the SMT line), or in-socket (off-line) programming. These solutions are scalable for small, medium and large volume applications with different device mixes. Data I/O Corporation has headquarters in Redmond, Wash., with sales and services worldwide. For further information, visit the company's website at

Forward Looking Statement
Statements in this news release concerning expected revenue, expected loss, orders and financial positions, cash position, and any other statement that may be construed as a prediction of future performance or events are forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These factors include uncertainties, estimates and other risks including those described in the Company's filings on Forms 10K and 10Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), press releases and other communications.

Joel Hatlen
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Data I/O Corporation
Email Contact
6464 185th Ave. NE, Suite 101
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-6444

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