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240 Pin Universal Programmer & JTAG Debugger, Ethernet & USB US$2,199.00

240 Pin Universal Programmer & JTAG Debugger, Ethernet & USB


GALEP-5D Heavy Duty Device Programmer up to 240 pin drivers, LAN and USB port GALEP-5D is a high end universal device programmer for heavy-duty use in production and development. Its unique module concept for sockets with up to 240 pins, its dual USB and LAN port and its stand alone capability make it the ideal solution for almost all programming tasks.

Unique Features:

  • Dual USB/LAN Port
  • Module System
  • Up to 240 Pins
  • 128MB Data RAM
  • JTAG Debugger
  • OpenSource Firmware Supported Devices.

Supported Devices:

GALEP-5D is a universal programmer for devices of the following types: PROM, EPROM, EEPROM, FLASH memory, serial EEPROM, NV-RAM, LPC, FPGA, PLD, EPLD, GAL, PALCE, PIC, and Microcontroller (MCU) with up to 240 pins. More than 34,000 devices are currently supported (GALEP-5D device list). If you need a device that's not yet in the list, please use our free Device on Demand Service - we'll implement any programmable device usually within 2..4 weeks.

Ultra-Compact Design:

The GALEP-5D device programmer series is packed into an extremely rigid, but lightweight single-block milled-aluminium case. The wallet-sized unit weighs only 750g / 1.65 lbs, compared to 3..4 lbs of bulky competitor products.

High-Speed Programming:

GALEP-5D is uncompromisingly designed for speed. An internal 200 MIPS ARM-9 processor under Embedded Linux handles communication and programming. Up to 4 FPGA (user-programmable logic) devices control the 240 pin drivers and support hardware acceleration of the programming algorithms through internal state machines, register buffers and UARTs. This way, even time-critical devices can be programmed in a speed that couldn't be reached by pure software.

View list of supported devices

Hardware acceleration makes GALEP-5D one of the fastest device programmers on the market today. For instance, a MB91F467 Microcontroller by Fujitsu (8 MBit) needs only 19 seconds for a serial program/verify cycle; 256 MBit NOR Flash (28F256P30) is programmed and verified in 170 seconds. The internal 128 MByte RAM serves as data storage and allows to transfer the data only once for programming multiple devices.

240 universal pin drivers

A custom-designed universal pin driver IC guarantees optimal signal quality at the output pins, and allows the small size and low power consumption of all GALEP chip programmers. Each of the 240 pins can generate the following signals:

  • Logical high between 1.2V .. 5.0V
  • Logical input, threshold 0.5V 5.0V
  • Three programming voltages between 1.3V .. 25.0V
  • Three switchable resistors for pullup and pulldown
  • Adjustable clock rate
  • Ground

The switching regulators for the programming voltages are controlled by D/A converters in 100 mV steps. Further D/A converters control the logic levels and the input threshold. For maximum protection of the programmable device, all voltages are permanently monitored by an independent circuit.
A universal pin driver concept with as many pins as possible reduces the number of required adapters and thus minimizes the overall costs of the programming system.

Stand alone and Network operation:

The programming operation is totally transparent. GALEP-5D can be connected at any place in your LAN, and accessed from any PC in the network.
The stand alone mode (currently in development for a free software update in Winter 2008) allows using GALEP-5D in mass production without a PC! The programming data can be stored on SD card or on a local LAN server. For programming just insert the device and press the start button.

For programming multiple components, an arbitrary number of GALEP-5D programmers can be controlled from a single PC (cluster- or gang-programming; currently in development for a free software update in Winter 2008).

In System Programming:

The signals for in-system programming (ISP) can be taken from a separately available ISP adapter or directly from the 48-pin ZIF socket. The help system provides information about the wiring of the target system for all supported components.


The GALEP software runs under Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, and Vista. Besides basic functions such as erase, read, program and compare, split and shuffle, it features easy-to-use configuration options for any special functions required by the selected device. The editor supports binary, Intel-Hex, Motorola-S or JEDEC file format. Mass production is supported by providing statistics functions and serial number generation.
JTAG Support: Delete, program and verify components with JTAG interface (joint test action group, IEEE Std. 1149.1 ). The following formats are supported: SVF-Script in XSVF(Xilinx) format; JAM byte code player (ALTERA).
Batch mode: Run GALEP-5D from the command line, or implement GALEP-5 commands in your own production software. The programmer can be completely controlled by a set of powerful batch commands.
Updates: The software is permanently improved for supporting new components (device list).

JTAG Debugger:

With GALEP-5D you can debug all Microcontrollers with JTAG interface that are supported by the OpenOCD (On Chip Debugger) software - ARM7, ARM9, XScale, and Cortex-M3 MCUs. The chip to debug is simply put into GALEP's programming socket or connected with GALEP through a cable or ISP adapter (please find details in the OpenOCD documentation). Additionally you can easily define test algorithms for in circuit testing of complete circuit boards (Boundary Scan) for small series production. This way your GALEP-5D becomes a complete development, test and production system!


Prior to each function, GALEP checks the power consumption, correct positioning, and the contacts of all pins of the selected component. This prevents accidental damage to the component or the device.

Modules and Adapters:

A main advantage of GALEP-5D is the innovative module concept. In seconds the DIL module can be replaced with a module for a different socket. Due to the high output pin count, only a single module or adapter is required for supporting all programmable devices with a certain socket. For instance, one QFP-120 GALEP module replaces about 30 specialized QFP-120 adapters required by competitor products. When frequently programming high pin components, a GALEP-5D-240 has quickly brought in its price.
GALEP-5D comes with a DIL-48 module for all components in DIL sockets of up to 48 Pins. All existing GALEP-4 and GALEP-5 adapters can be used with the DIL-48 module of GALEP-5D. Universal modules and adapters for the following sockets up to 120 pins are available: SOIC, SOP, TSOP, SSOP, TSSOP, PLCC, QFP, TQFP, MLF.

Technical Specifications:

  • Format: ca. 118x172x22mm (+7mm socket)
  • Weight: ca. 750 g, single block aluminium case
  • DIL Module with 48-pin ZIF socket included
  • Up to 240 universal pin drivers
  • Programs low-voltage components down to 1.3V
  • Mini USB 2.0 high-speed port, plus Ethernet 10/100 port
  • SD memory card slot
  • 200 MIPS ARM-9 RISC processor, 128 MB RAM, 8 MB Flash
  • Hardware acceleration through 4 FPGAs (50K gates, 64Kb RAM)
  • 3 linear voltage regulators for internal power supply
  • 4 switching regulators for programming voltages
  • 2 linear voltage regulators for logic levels and input threshold
  • 2 Microcontrollers for internal voltage monitoring
  • 8-channel D/A converter, 16-channel A/D converter
  • Embedded Linux 2.6 inside

Kit contains:

  • GALEP-5D device
  • DIL-48 module
  • Ethernet & Mini USB cables
  • AC adaptor
  • CD with manual and software

System Requirements:

  • Windows 32 Bit OS, 98SE / ME / NT4 / 2000 / XP / Vista
  • USB 1.0 or USB 2.0 port, or Ethernet port

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 05 June, 2007.


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