Should You Select Dedicated IC or a Universal Programmer?

In order to facilitate development, many IC manufacturers provide dedicated programmer / burner / writer supporting their own chips. At the same time, users also know that many universal programmers also support these devices, especially high-end universal programmers which support these and many other devices from different IC manufacturers. Users are often in dilemma of which programmer to choose. Some users have misunderstanding that IC manufacturers provide a dedicated programmer / burner / writer which is much better. However, SuperPro universal programmers have better reliability, faster programmer speed, higher yield rate, lower maintenance costs, and can replace a variety of special programmers / device writers.

Instead of having multiple dedicated programmers from the list below, it'll be more efficient for users to have a one-time investment in a Universal programmer, such as the high-speed SuperPro 6100. With over 102,000+ chips supported, universal programmers eliminate the need to buy multiple programmers to support and program different ICs.


SuperPro Universal Programmers and Dedicated IC Programmers comparison


  SuperPro Universal Programmers Dedicated Programmers from IC Manufactures
Device Support 102,000+ chips supported. Supports EPROM, Parallel and Serial EEPROM, FPGA Configuration PROM, FLASH memory(NOR), BPROM, NVRAM, SPLD, CPLD, EPLD, MCY\U, Nand, eMMC Restricted to IC manufacturers' brand and limited chip family supported per programmer.
Design Xeltek has over twenty years of programmer design and manufacturing experience. IC manufacturers provide programmers as additional accessories for low-quantity chip support. These programmers have limited features and are not designed to support various chip families.
Reliability Minimized hardware damage with programmer features like over current protection, over voltage protection and pin contact verification. Programming success rate is low and hardware is easily damaged.
Speed The level of hardware design technology affects chip programming speed. With ARM9 and ARM11 MCU used in later SuperPro models, higher throughput rate is achieved. ISP Programming speed also adjustable to accommodate board design requirements. In general, dedicated programmers utilize simplified hardware design and rely on the PC to carry out most of the programming tasks. This method tends to produce inaccurate program timing and is not suitable for programming most of the latest IC devices.
Production Support Production mode is available on all stand-alone models. There are numerous benefits when no PC is needed. See benefits of cluster setups for volume production: Most programmers are designed for use in development. Very few dedicated programmers are designed for mass production.
User requested device updates for unsupported chips Available: Xeltek produces free user requested device updates on models such as SuperPro 6100, 6104GP and 7500. One time purchase for current and future chip programming. Not available: Most programmers are limited to certain MCU families. Investment on multiple programmers is necessary.


Why stock up many dedicated programmers from different IC manufacturers when one could invest in a single universal programmer such as SuperPro 6100?

Examples of Dedicated Programmers

ATMEL programmer, CYPRESS programmer, FRESCALE programmer, FUJITSU programmer, Infineon programmer, MICROCHIP programmer, NEC programmer, NXP programmer, PANASONIC programmer, SAMSUNG programming device, SANYO programming, ST programmer, TERIDIAN programmer, TI programmer, ZILOG programmer and TOSHIBA programmer.

SuperPro Universal Programmers support all major MCU families


  • MC40P
  • MC80F
  • MC81F4
  • ADuC8XX
  • AduC7XXX
  • ATSHA204
  • At88
  • ATA5
  • Attiny
  • AT32Uc/ATUC
  • Atxmega
  • ATSAM3x/4x
  • ATSAM4(1)
  • AT89LP
  • AT91SAM7
  • C61F
  • TouchCore 3.2h
  • TC500
  • TrueTouch
  • EZ-Color
  • PSoC
  • enCoRe
  • Neuron
  • PSoC5 (1)
  • TK 8051
  • HC08
  • S08
  • HC12
  • DSC 56F
  • Kinetis
  • Coldfire
  • MC6805
  • M68HC11
  • MC68HC05
  • MPC(1)
  • VNC1L
  • VNC2
  • FMC-8FX
  • FMC-8L
  • F2MC-16LX
  • F2MC-16FX
  • FM3
  • FR60Lite
  • FR50
  • XC800
  • XC2000/XE166
  • TLE78
  • SP30
  • PIC10
  • PIC12
  • PIC16
  • PIC18
  • PIC24F
  • PIC24H
  • PIC24E
  • dsPIC30f
  • dsPIC33F
  • dsPIC33E
  • PIC32
  • 78K0
  • 78K0R
  • 78K0k
  • 78K0S
  • RL78
  • V850
  • NRF24LE1
  • NRF24LU1
  • N78/79
  • NUC1x0/12x/2x0
  • M51/Mini51
  • NPCE
  • 80C51x
  • LPC9XX
  • X
  • LSI
  • AM
  • 720
  • 740
  • H8
  • H8S
  • H8SX
  • M16C
  • M32R
  • R8C
  • RX
  • SuperH
  • S3
  • LC87F
Silicon Lab
  • C8051
Silicon Motion
  • Camera Controller
  • Memory Controller
  • SH66
  • SH79P
  • S22XX
  • PSD
  • uPSD
  • STR7
  • ST7F
  • ST72F
  • ST62
  • STR9
  • STM32
  • STM8
  • ST92(1)
  • 71M651X
  • MSP430
  • UCD30XX
  • CC430
  • LM3Sxxx
  • LM4Fxxx
  • TMS320P
  • TMS320F28
  • TMS320LF24
  • DRV(1)
  • TMP86
  • TMP87
  • TMP88
  • Z-WaveTM
  • Z8 Encore
  • Z8 Encore XP
  • Z86
  • Z16
  • ZLP
  • ZLF
  • Z51F



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