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Homepage: http://www.bpmmicro.com/

Device search: http://www.bpmmicro.com/device-search/

Part numbering scheme: http://www3.bpmmicro.com/web/helpandsupport.nsf/WebKeys/BPM-6YEMRW!OpenDocument&Cat=Issue&Click=


Socket main page

Programmer main page

Project goal: open source tools to drive BP programmers to enable more advanced R&D (ex: raster scan laser to find fuses)

Secondary goal: explore options to make high quality legacy parallel port units (ex: BP-1600) usable on modern computers. One good option might be to RE protocol and network them with a RPi

Parallel port

EOL notice: http:www3.bpmmicro.com/web/helpandsupport.nsf/WebKeys/BPM-8NTSKL?openDocument

    LN: ftp:''ftp.bpmmicro.com/Dnload/bpw_v5330.exe
    LN: is the last one which works with parport
    LN: however i'm not sure that one runs on xp!
    LN: that one does bitch at you that parport is EOLed
    LN: 5270 is the last one which doesn't bitch
    LN: if that bothers you

VM operation

Card: StarTech Parallel Card - SPP/EPP/ECP EC1PECPS

Without any programmer you get this:

Since there is no programmer attached to any LPT or USB port, the software will operate in the demo mode. If you are trying to use a programmer, make sure it is powered up and plugged into a parallel printer port (LPT models) or a USB 2.0 port (USB models). Use the File/Configure command to establish communications with the programmer.

Tried to use PCI express parallel port with VMWare. Got this (BIOS: bidirectional):

"programmer site 1 did not respond to reset"

VM performance very poor even before launching BP software. Gave up and went to real windows system

Hooked up EC1PECPS to native Windows XP t61 system and wokred fine.

User's Guide / The Engineer's Programmer

Engineers programmer.jpg

Dying to read it? Well you probably don't want to: LN: its not super exciting, documents some bpdos stuff and basic setup

But feel free to throw out a line if you *really* want it scanned for some bizarre reason


Trying to understand relationship between models and site numbers

Note: early models didn't distinguish site vs serial. If both aren't indicated, its probably the same

Site DOM Vendor Model Note
4653 BP EP-1
5172 BP EP-1
7998 BP EP-1
11193 BP 1200
12716 BP 1200


BP 2200/240x4M4
17243 BP 1148


Actel SS1-6
18679 2001-10-05 Actel SS1


BP 2200/240X4M4


BP 2100/84X4M4


BP 2200/240X2M4
22501 1999-12-15 Actel SS1
23007 BP 1400


BP 2200/240X4


BP 2000/84X4
28781 2001-10-12 BP 1600
30251 Actel SS2
31196 2003-07-07 Actel SS2
34346 2005-09-30 BP 1410
34681 Actel SS2
38211 2009-09-25 Actel SS3
39901 BP 1610

SS: Silicon Sculptor. SS1 => FP-ACTEL, SS2 => FP-ACTEL-II


BP-3600 doc indicates this is the name of a high level language used for programming algorithms, introduced in 1987