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What is the Easiest Way to Test and Program new Quad SPI Flash Devices?

Question from the Customer:

I have been using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter for years - that and the flexible Flash Center Software have been great for all my SPI projects. For my latest project, I need to test and program quad SPI flash devices. Some of its features include 1/nibble swap and 2/nibble swap.  Does Total Phase have a tool for working with new and prototype SPI devices?

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question! Yes, Total Phase does have a tool for working with new and prototype SPI devices.  For your project, we recommend the Promira Serial Platform  with the SPI Active – Level 3 Application.  The Promira Serial Platform is ideally suited for working with SPI due to the optimized back-end.  The SPI Active Level 3 Application specifically supports Quad SPI.  The good news, you won’t have to learn a new UI – because Flash Center Software that you are already familiar with also works with the Promira platform. This will make it easy for you to continue using XML scripts for testing and programming devices, and modifying scripts for prototypes and new commercial devices that are not yet supported. For more advanced testing and programming, Promira Software API I2C/SPI Active is also available.

Here’s a table that compares Aardvark adapter and Promira platform features.

 Comparison of Promira, Aardvark, Cheetah and Beagle

In addition to quad and dual devices, the SPI Active - Level 3 Application supports active communication on the Ethernet bus, high speed programming up to 80 MHz for Master and 20 MHz for Slave, built-in programmable level shifter, can provide up to 200 ma of power to the project you’re working on, and more.

Note – to install the SPI Active - Level 3 Application, the SPI Active - Level 1 and SPI Active - Level 2 applications are required.

Additional resources that you may find helpful include the following:

We hope this answers your questions. If you have other questions about our host adapters, serial platforms or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or if you already own one of our devices and have a technical question, please submit a request for technical support.

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