Selecting a Device Programmer1) We suggest that you initially draw up a list of devices you currently wish to program and those that you are likely to be programming as far ahead as you can.
2) Decide if you need a Lab/Small production or a Full Production (Gang or Cluster) programmer. You may also wish to program devices in the field or away from a computer system (Stand-alone Programmer).
3) Take a look at different programmer types on offer. If you are likely to be programming a wide range of different device types then a Universal Programmer may suit you best.
4) Unless you are very certain which devices you are likely to be programming during the life of the programmer, we suggest that you checkout the number of devices a programmer supports and the policy of the programmer manufacturer to adding support for new devices. Companies such as Xeltek frequently update their supported device list for each programmer. This is very helpful as it is likely that if you need to program a new device in the future that support will be added when it is needed.
5) Consider if the programmer manufacturer will support the package type you are using for your device to be programmer. Generally larger, more complex devices will require a programmer with a large number of programming pins or a spacialised adapter for mapping the programmers pins to the correct device pins.
6) Purchasing a programmer is an investment and like many investments, buying the cheapest does not always pay in the long run.
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