Quick Peek to Elnec BeeProg Programmers
Here is a quick evaluation of Elnec BeeProg programmers:
- Max 48 pin drivers Economized hardware design, which is a socket adapter nightmare for large pin-count devices. For example, there are 50 versions of QFP64 socket adapters. SuperPro 6100, 6104GP and 7500 models come with 144 pin drivers enabling easy support for today's complex devices.
- No Stand-alone programming capability Stand-alone mode allows programmers to be used also in manufacturing. A person can easily operate 10 or more units for production programming without being attached to a PC. SuperPro 501S stand-alone operation allows 10 or more units to be operated simultaneously by a user without being attached to a PC. Multi-programming supported by BeeProg requires a PC with USB Hub. This requires an additional investment of a PC, a trained operator, desktop space, etc.
- FPGA controlled hardware design In this outmoded hardware design, programming operation becomes PC speed and operating system dependent, which causes unreliable operation for many sensitive devices. SuperPro programmers are ARM7/9 MCU based for high performance and precision operation. Xeltek dropped FPGA based design 15 years ago.
- 1.8 volts min. device support Will not be able to support today's high performance devices. Cannot be used in most newle designed devices. SuperPro programmers support 1.2 volts devices
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