Device search: http://www.bpmmicro.com/device-search/
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
- "a standard IEEE 1284 parallel cable (EPP) must be used"
- "The Silicon Sculptor I communicates using bi-directional, ECP, or EPP. You must set the Silicon Sculptor II to EPP; otherwise, it does not communicate on most computers and the GUI is fixed in Demo Mode"
- t61p + docking station
- bi-directional: unreliable. Detected S/N, but then BPWin starting throwing internal errors and was unusable
- ECP: didn't work at all
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
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
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
SS: Silicon Sculptor. SS1 => FP-ACTEL, SS2 => FP-ACTEL-II
Device Programming Language (DPL)
BP-3600 doc indicates this is the name of a high level language used for programming algorithms, introduced in 1987
March 31, 2006 — BP Microsystems, a leading supplier of device programming systems worldwide, announces it has revamped its Device Programming Language (DPL) algorithm development environment in BPWin to allow its over 100 semi-house partners to co-develop and test algorithms for new devices
Unlike other companies that have rewritten programming algorithms for each new programmer model, BP’s newest generation of programmers runs the same device independent programming algorithm used by all BP’s programmers. Having invented Device Programming Language (DPL) in 1987, BP has been able to introduce generation after generation of improved products without the delays and bugs associated with algorithm rewrites. For compatibility, the new programmers incorporate the same proven pin drivers and socket modules used by the full range of BP programmers.
BPM Overview, March 2010
All algorithms written in proprietary Device Programming Language (DPL)
Because all of our programmers use DPL we are able to instantly support existing algorithms on new products (unlike other 3rd party programmers who must start over writing new algorithms whenever they introduce new products)
Looks like it might be COM component. Not familiar with these to quickly play with it