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Programmer facilitates data writing in flash ROM

Posted: 22 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flash ROM? device programmer? USB?


Future Technology Devices International Ltd (FTDI) has released the VPROG-1 programmer designed to specifically to program FTDI's Vinculum host controller product range including VNC1L-1A and evaluation modules.

The programmer allows quick and easy writing of data to the device's flash ROM and does not require an external power supply; drawing its power from the USB bus of a connected PC. Four LED indicators provide indication of power, USB host connection status and device programming success or failure.

The unit can be used to program individual Vinculum ICs or, in conjunction with a suitable USB hub, up to 10 units can be ganged together. For programming individual VNC1L-1A ICs a plug-in LQFP48 adaptor is required. In addition using a ZIF40 adaptor, FTDI's VDIP1 and VDIP2 evaluation modules can be quickly and easily programmed.

The VNC_PROG software, running under the Microsoft Windows OS, provides a simple GUI for the VPROG-1. The software allows the user to check the number of devices attached to the programmer(s), then select and program them. The application can then verify that the programming operation has been successfully completed.

A USB 'A' to mini 'B' cable included in the VPROG-1 package. The VPROG-1 is priced $55 per unit.

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