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Free programming software rolls for EEPROM, Flash

Posted: 15 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Total Phse? Flash Center? I²C? SPI? EEPROM?

Total Phase has released a free I?C- and SPI-based EEPROM and Flash Memory programmerthe Flash Center software package. The software allows engineers to quickly erase, program and verify I?C- and SPI-based

EEPROM and Flash memory chips that are interfaced through the company's Aardvark I?C/SPI and Cheetah SPI host adapters.

"We've had great customer feedback that our Aardvark I?C/SPI host adapter and Cheetah SPI host adapter work very well with memory devices," says Derek Fung, senior engineer at Total Phase. "Programming EEPROM and SPI Flash memory devices is now made even easier with the Flash Center graphical application."

The Flash Center software is a free package and can be downloaded from the Total Phase website.

Fast programming
By taking advantage of the company's high performance host adapters, Total Phase said the Flash Center software is able to outperform other memory programmers. Since the Cheetah SPI host adapter is capable of signaling at over 40MHz, the main limitation to programming a flash memory is page commit time. The Cheetah adapter is able to erase, program and verify a typical 1Mbyte flash memory in 23s, compared to the several minutes required by competing device programmers, the company explained.

"The Flash Center software was developed with engineers in mind," says Kumaran Santhanam, senior architect at Total Phase. "Many of our customers have struggled with other device programmers and emulators that can take several minutes to program a flash memory. By using the Flash Center software with our Cheetah SPI Host Adapter, we can reduce the programming time to a few seconds."

Flexible device support
The Flash Center software was designed with an XML-based memory device library. The developer does not have to wait for the next release of the software for the latest memory device to be supported. By adding or modifying the XML descriptions of target memory devices, the developer can instantly support almost any I?C- or SPI-based EEPROM or Flash memory.

The Flash Center software has built-in support for a variety of binary formats and memory devices from major memory chip manufacturers. It also has support for programming multiple devices simultaneously through separate host adapters that are connected to a single host computer.

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