The LP120 is a general purpose programming system intended for technicians, hobbyists, and experimenters. It was featured in the December 2000 issue of Nuts&Volts magazine. The LP120 provides the basic hardware and software components found in most device programmers. Programming-modules provide the unique hardware required to program specific parts while the device driver does the same for software. A host computer is required only as a terminal and for ASCII file transfer.

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The LP120 communicates with the user via a terminal program capable of text file transfer, such as Hyperterm. If your PC doesn't have a serial port you can use a USB-to-Serial-Adapter. Insert the Programming-Module for the part you want to program then upload the appropriate device driver to the LP120. Device drivers are stored as ASCII files on the host and execute from RAM on the LP120. Next insert the part in the programming-module, check that it is blank, upload the data file for the part, then program and verify the part. The LP120 User's Manual is available for download on the Data & Documentation page.

The LP120 is platform independent so it will work with notebook PCs, obsolete PCs, or PCs yet to be designed. There is no plug-in board so no motherboard slot is required. The LP120 is operating-system independent so it will work with Windows, Linux, MAC, CP/M, OS-9, DOS, etc.

With the LP120 you can design your own programming-modules and write your own device drivers. The LP120 Developer's Guide and freeware cross-assembler are available for download on the Data & Documentation page.

Current Firmware Revision: 2.50

Lucid Technologies is constantly adding to the list of available device drivers and programming-modules. If you don't find a particular device on the list let us know.

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