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Macraigor software supports new flash chip parts

Posted: 20 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:macraigor systems llc? ocdemon flash programmer? flash programming software? flash?

Macraigor Systems LLC announced that its flash programming softwareOCDemon Flash Programmernow supports several new families of flash chip parts. All OCDemon products support parts programming when used with the OCDemon Flash Programmer.

According to the company, the OCDemon products offer the industry's most advanced, yet price-sensitive solution for design, debug and programming of hardware designs and application software.

The OCDemon Flash Programmer now supports Oki's ML67 series of SoC, Hynix's HY29 family of NOR flash chips, Amic Technology's A29 family of parallel flash, NEC's MC-2 chip family, and AMD's Am4xDL, Am4xBDS and Am4xPDS families of MCPs.

With the exception of the Oki parts that are designed to function with the CPU included in the package, all of these devices can be used with AMD, ARM7, ARM9, CPU32, IBM and Motorola PowerPC, MIPS32 and Intel Xscale CPUs. Support of these new parts will allow Macraigor's customers maximum flexibility when selecting parts appropriate to their needs for new system designs, the press release said.

The OCDemon Flash Programmer supplies a GUI application for performing a variety of programming and debugging functions on flash parts. This GUI interface provides high-level interaction for debugging and programming the contents of flash connected to the target CPU, added Macraigor.

Debugging functionality includes the ability to perform checksums and blank checks on a specific range or the entire contents of flash, as well as the ability to verify the chip ID of the flash part in use and view the contents. Meanwhile, programming functionality includes erasing and filling a range with a pattern, in addition to programming from a source file, and may be performed on any specific range or the entire contents of flash. The erase functionality offers the ability to easily wipe out the contents of flash to prepare for new writes, and the fill function assists with tracking down any programming problems resulting from difficulty in value transitions.

Programming may be specified to start at any point within the flash that is followed by an area large enough to contain the file and file types acceptable for programming, including ELF, S-Record and Hex formats. A conversion utility handles unsupported binary file types.

In addition, the OCDemon Flash Programmer also provides functionality to verify the contents of flash against a file to ensure proper programming as well as the ability to upload the contents of flash into a file that may be used for later programming or verification. The Flash Access software offers nearly all the same functionality in a DLL format which may be invoked from the users' custom program written in Delphi, C/C++ or Visual Basic, as well as from batch file routines and direct command line functionality.

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