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USB 2.0 Universal In-Circuit Programmer, PIC AVR MSP 8051 EEPROM US$300.00

USB 2.0 Universal In-Circuit Programmer, PIC AVR MSP 8051 EEPROM

FORTE is a very fast and flexible High-Speed USB In-Circuit Serial Programmer for a wide range of popular components microcontrollers, serial EEPROM and Flash memory chips, CPLDs, etc. FORTE is equipped with effective over-current and over-voltage protection. The programmer is powered from USB and it is able to provide the supply voltage for the programmed device in range from 1.8V to 5.5V, or it can work with externally powered targets. Software for FORTE works under Windows XP/Vista/7 (both 32- and 64-bit versions) as well as under Linux (using Wine).

High-Speed USB In-Circuit Programmer Features

  • Very fast programmer (30 MHz out, 15 MHz in/out)
  • Controlled and powered by USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mbps)
  • Embedded processor for fast execution of complex operations
  • Both synchronous and asynchronous programming algorithms supported; JTAG support
  • Supported voltage range 1.8V to 5.5V without any additional accessories
  • Able to supply 1.8V to 5.5V to the external target application
  • Programming interface offers 8 inputs/outputs with individually configurable pull-up/down resistors
  • Built-in fast hardware I/O protection which works independently on the PC software
  • Over-current protection on supply and programming voltage sources
  • VDD pin overvoltage protection
  • GO button makes repetitive operations easy and quick
  • Wide range of supported devices; new devices supported by free software updates
  • Command-line and Windows messages support
  • Works under Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 & 64 bit) and Linux (Wine)

Comparison to PRESTO

In comparison with the PRESTO programmer, the FORTE has a 480Mbps USB 2.0 High-Speed interface, and it includes an embedded processor (FPGA) which allows it to perform complex operations that significantly increase performance. Devices can be programmed close to their maximum speed. The FORTE also supports asynchronous algorithms and has four more input/output pins, which allows it to program more devices (however, some obsolete PIC devices are not supported by FORTE but are by PRESTO). The FORTE does not require level shifters for devices of specific voltage, and its over-current protection is built in, so it reacts much faster than the software-driven protection of the PRESTO. There is better ESD protection on the FORTE, plus faster, controlled voltage discharge. The FORTE also provides better error indication, as one of its status LEDs is bi-color.

FORTE Supported Devices

Hundreds of devices are supported by the included UP software, and the list grows with every software update:
  • Microchip PIC, dsPIC/PIC42, PIC32 MCUs Serially programmable (all Flash and EEPROM parts)
  • Atmel AVR, ATxmega, AVR32 and 8051 architecture MCUs For example: ATtiny12, AT90S8535, ATmega128, ATxmega32D4, AT32UC3A1256, AT89S51, etc.
  • Texas Instruments MSP430 MCUs Including Security Fuse blowing
  • Chipcon/TI CCxxxx MCUs
  • Cypress PSoC MCUs CY8U21xx, CY8U24xx and CY8U27xx
  • Serial EEPROM and Flash memories I2C (24LCxx), Microwire (93LCxx), SPI EEPROM (25Cxx), SPI Flash EPROM (M25Pxx, M45PExx, etc.)
Even more devices are supported via the JTAG SVF Player:
  • Components with JTAG interface Types which can be programmed using SVF or XSVF file, for example: CPLDs from Xilinx (XC95xx, CoolRunner, etc.), Altera, Lattice and others; FPGA configuration Flash PROMs from Xilinx (XC18Vxx, XCFxxS); FPGAs; Atmel ATmega MCUs

Individual device programming possible

You also can program devices out of circuit by connecting the ICSP leads from the FORTE to the ISP2ZIF Socket Adapter, sold separately.

High-Speed USB In-Circuit Programmer Package Contents

  • FORTE programmer
  • ICSPCAB8 and ICSPCAB16 programming cables (you can purchase spares with the option checkboxes below)
  • USB cable (A-B)
  • ASIX CD-ROM with documentation, drivers and software
  • Quick Start Guide

High-Speed USB In-Circuit Programmer Resources

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PIC ICSP Adapter, 6-pin Single Row to RJ12 and 2mm 2x4 Header+ US$9.50

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 12 September, 2012.


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