[time-nuts] OT favorite chip programmer/favorite ROM emulator
David C. Partridge
david.partridge at dsl.pipex.com
Fri Apr 10 07:14:57 UTC 2009
Another one to look at apparently is the Galep model 4(LPT) or 5(USB). I
don't have one but when this question was asked recently elsewhere, they
were very highly recommended - and very good support.
From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
Behalf Of Mark Sims
Sent: 10 April 2009 04:17
To: time-nuts at febo.com
Subject: [time-nuts] OT favorite chip programmer/favorite ROM emulator
By far the best programmer on the planet is still the Data I/O Unisite
(followed by the 3980, 3900, and 2900 prorgrammers). If a Unisite can't
program it, you are in bad shape... it probably can't be programmed.
Bad news is a refurbed Unisite will set you back $25,000 plus the cost of
socket adapters and software. Good news is with a little shopping around on
Ebay, you can possibly snag one for around $100.
The trick is to find one with the socket adapters you need. Also the more
pin driver cards it has installed, the better (a full load is 17 cards/68
pin drivers). Also, one with the internal hard drive (aka MSM, aka Mass
Storage Module) is very desirable. Booting from a (720Kb only) floppy can
take several minutes.
I have purchased several machines just because they had an adapter that I
did not have. Also you need to make sure it comes with a full set of
programming software (generally, the later the version better) because a
current software set from DIO will set you back over $2000...
For more info, check out Bruce Lane's guide to DIO machines on Ebay:
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