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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

Silicon Sculptor

  • "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

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
1056 BP PLD-1128
1631 BP EP-1140
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

Device Programming Language (DPL)

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


very empty...


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