'Brain dead PIC programmer'
Is anyone aware of a stand-alone, brain-dead, PIC chip cloner ?
I'm looking for something that can be used in a small production
environment, by unskilled workers. What I invisage is a socket for a
master part and a ZIF for the part to be programmed. Put the master
into the socket and the device to be programmed in the ZIF. Press the
button and wait for the light to come on. Put the next chip in.
No PC required.
In this instance I am looking for a 16C54 cooker but I don't recall
seeing anything along these lines.
Has anyone else ?
Steve Baldwin Electronic Product Design
TLA Microsystems Ltd Microcontroller Specialists
PO Box 15-680, New Lynn http://www.tla.co.nz
Auckland, New Zealand ph +64 9 820-2221
email: tla.co.nz fax +64 9 820-1929 steveb
|I have a heavily modified version of a YAPP (not YAP) programmer
that downloads via a true RS-232 connection. I have source
for the firmware and the programmer software which I have
modified form the original. The design uses a 16C54 or 16F84
to do the comms and the burning. I modified it to burn
I suppose that someone could start with the same programmer,
add a serial EEPROM to store the binary image downloaded by
the PC and burn as many PICs as you wish from the downloaded
image. It would sure as heck save time download time over
the serial port on subsequent burns. A 32K or larger serial
EEPROM could store several images to select from for
different devices. Add some LEDs to indicate pass/pail, and
some kind of display to indicate which device and image
I have no use for such a thing, but it would seem like an
interesting project. I'd rather spend my time working on
my robot projects. I only burn 'em one at a time any way.
I got it from http://www.picpoint.com
Look for YAPP! the web site was under construction last time
I looked so you may not be able to get to the archive. If
you cannot find the project anywhere here is the author:
On Mon, 23 Aug 1999 22:25:05 +1200, Steve Baldwin wrote:
|On Mon, 23 Aug 1999 22:25:05 +1200 Steve Baldwin <KCBBS.GEN.NZ> steveb
>Is anyone aware of a stand-alone, brain-dead, PIC chip cloner ?
>I'm looking for something that can be used in a small production
>environment, by unskilled workers. What I invisage is a socket for a
>master part and a ZIF for the part to be programmed. Put the master
>into the socket and the device to be programmed in the ZIF. Press the
>button and wait for the light to come on. Put the next chip in.
>No PC required.
>In this instance I am looking for a 16C54 cooker but I don't recall
>seeing anything along these lines.
>Has anyone else ?
And it sets the code protect bits on the copies? Not cheap, but
we have an old DOS computer used for a variety of things in production.
A simple menu with batch files calls the DOS PROMATE program to send the
hex file to the ProMate and program the first chip (with code protect!).
After that, they just keep hitting F2 (Pgm) on the ProMate.
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