- You were talking about firmware .Well when ever there is a update of software ,Like its ver 5.80 now and you put a programmer to the new software ,it will ask you to update programmer software ,fair enough ,do you know 6 months back it supported 6750++ device only and today it does support 13071 devices .Autoelectric team needs a pat on its back for this .
I smell bullshit on this one. Often these numbers are very inflated because it counts every number or letter variation available even if it's just different package or temperature version which makes no difference to the programming. Or like the generic EPROM profiles which are listed under 10 different manufacturers. Elnec is at least honest in this counting and they describe how it's done
Also compare their update logs, this is rather short one for the MiniPro
, I don't see the thousands added there. Compare it to Elnec's extensive list
- Yes its a kick ass programmer that can be used in production level environments also .I sell it to companies who make stuff and sells them to big American companies who make thousands of dollars selling that to Americans lol .So For you xeltek and elnec are production level stuff well sure they might be but they cannot match or beat the rate of this programmer in support Versus pricing of device support .Let Me Give You a example the Super M is the base level product right they sell it for USD 595/- IMHO .In china there stuff sells much less and they say those are pirated units .Well my foot they are 100% original and actual xeltek ,They cannot regulate thier own pricing .elnec has done that but there is a beeprog model that was cloned and people should not buy it .13000+ library of all stuff mostely used my repairmen and people like you me .
Well as Dave showed some of the devices program rather slowly so it's not suited for high amount of ICs unless you have dedicated person sitting there all day. Even the cheaper Elnec programmer has HW button for repeated programming. For example I can program AT89C2051 under 10 seconds including actually exchanging chips in the socket and labeling each of them. You can't really compare support for $50 programmer and professional device which has 5000 new devices per year and these are real numbers, not those inflated ones. When I need support they reply to me the next day, fix errors in few days by new SW release and can implement new algorithms on demand quite quickly (haven't tested this one yet). I doubt you can really claim that for your programmer.
One thing Elnec has overpriced are those reductions for various packages. They are really expensive compared to the stuff you get bundled with MiniPro, but at least they will last for a longer time, which is again point for production level stuff.