EPROM programmer


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EPROM programmer

A device that writes instructions and data into EPROM chips. Some earlier units were capable of programming both PROMs and EPROMs. See EPROM.
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The boot code has to be programmed into the memory using a standard EPROM programmer or is available as a fixed ROM bootstrap loader on the MCU.
As a result of this problem, flash memories are frequently programmed the first time in a standard EPROM programmer - a cumbersome process that often results in damaged pins.
As a result most ISP flash memories are programmed the first time using a standard bed-of-nails EPROM programmer, which results in bent pins and adds weeks to the manufacturing cycle.