ASSET InterTech published a new ebook about the pros and cons of several different methods for programming memory devices connected to the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus. Each method takes advantage of a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) that is already on the board for functional purposes. The title of the technical article is At-Speed SPI Flash/EEPROM Programming Using FPGA and JTAG.
Actel introduced FlashPro4 hardware programmer for IGLOO series and ProASIC3 series (including RT ProASIC3), SmartFusion and Fusion flash FPGA families. FlashPro4 also supports FPGA embedded software program and debug managed by Actel’s SoftConsole Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for embedded processors. Actel’s FlashPro4 programmer is now available for US $49. The kit includes a USB cable, a ribbon cable with 10-pin JTAG connector, and a quickstart card. The FlashPro software is available for free, either standalone or as part of all Actel Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE) versions.
Spansion’s MirrorBit Flash memory is now available as a verified configuration solution for the Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA family. The Spansion MirrorBit Multi-I/O Flash add-on module is compatible with the Xilinx Spartan-6 evaluation and development kits. It enables designers to easily evaluate and test various configuration options. The combined solutions can be used to develop an array of consumer, infotainment, video, and other cost and power-sensitive applications.
Evatronix has updated NAND Flash memory controller to meet the 2.2 specifications of the Open NAND Flash interface (ONFi) and now fully supports the newest High Speed NAND Flash. This enables the development of applications that will leverage the ability of new memory technologies to operate with speeds of up to 200 MB per second. The updated NAND Flash Controller IP is available now for implementation in any FPGA or ASIC technology.