[time-nuts] OT favorite chip programmer/favorite ROM emulator
holrum at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 10 03:16:39 UTC 2009
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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