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FPGA (?) Chip programmers, source?

Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by terryc, Jun 17, 2008.

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  1. terryc

    terryc Guest

    i have some Gal16V8 (for better or worse) that I would like to be able to
    program myself (rather than a long trip).

    Can someone tell me where I can buy the hardware to connect to the PC to
    programe these? Aus source preferrable.

    <having a bit of brain jargon fart atm in searching for it>.

  2. These are not FPGA's, they are Gate Array Logic (GAL/PAL) chips.

    Do you just want to program them with a pre-compiled file?, or do you
    want to actually design logic to program into them? Two different
    requirements entirely.

    Any decent "universal" programmer will allow you to program them.
    Google and eBay are your friend.

    To develop logic you need the Lattcie ispLEVER software:

  3. terryc

    terryc Guest

    Okay, that was the jargon I needed. the hard part seems to be
    1) finding a model that has serial or parrallel interface and
    b) finding someone who doesn't want paypal (so far).
    Thanks. I'll look at that later.Anything has to be better than wincupl.
  4. What's wrong with USB?
    What's inherently wrong with PayPal for payment? it's really no
    different to any other credit card merchant facility. You don't have
    to join PayPal to pay by credit card.

    How do you prefer to pay for this thing?

  5. You haven't tried too hard it seems.
    Two of the top 10 Google Australia hits for "universal programmer":

    Both have parallel port models, and both likely accept payment methods
    other than PayPal.

  6. terryc

    terryc Guest

    Neither of these came up in my fisrt two pages from google. OTOH, my
    google pages seem to totally ignore that fact that I want australian only
    pages as well. At those prices they should send a limo.
    This is the same.

    WTF is in these devices.

    Thanks for your efforts, but I think I'll just drop the whole thing. This
    is a $2 device and they want close to $1,000 to programe it. There are far
    cheaper ways for me to do this.
  7. terryc

    terryc Guest

  8. You must be using a different Google, works for me every time:
    Yes, it's called eBay, like I originally said.
    You can get a universal programmer on there for $80 delivered to your door,
    and it supports the GAL16V8:

    But seeing as that you have something against PayPal I guess that's not an
    option for you...

  9. terryc

    terryc Guest

    I'm just allergic to scum bags that I can not knee cap when they fob off
    dodgy products.

    I'm also allergic to giving anyone power to screw over my bank accounts on
    their sayso.

    And as previously stated, I prefer to buy Australian and ebay doesn't
    require their sellers to be honest about where they reside.
  10. There is absolutely no need to give PayPal your bank account details if you
    are a buyer. You don't even have to join.
    That's fine. Just don't complain about the Australian prices then.
    Paranoia about being ripped off will only hurt yourself in the hip pocket.
    Millions do it every day with few problems.

    For $80 delivered you can hardly go wrong.
    Be brave.

  11. This mob is Australian:

    Cheapest one is $139+postage

    They even rent programmers if that's what you'd like to do.

    Yes, they are USB.
    Yes, credit cards via PayPal for payment.
    But I suspect you won't find a better deal from an Oz supplier though.

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