[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.



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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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