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Softlog Production Quality In-Circuit Programmers
Softlog production quality programmers can program up to 64 target boards simultaneously, and offer advanced features such as Secure Programming, DLL support, and High Current drive. Softlog has produced production quality programmers since 1998.
Cost-effective programmers for high volume production, service, and development
Over-current protection circuits protect both programmed devices and the programmer
Once all necessary parameters have been set up, quickly and securely duplicate devices in production one-touch programming mode
Operate programmers in stand-alone mode with no PC attached
DLL functions are suitable for high volume automatic programming (optional)
Secure Programming features strong encryption, and can limit the number of devices programmed (optional)
Built-in Bootloader allows convenient field firmware upgrades via software
Connects to PC with USB or RS-232 interface (ICP2PORT is USB-only)
Compatible with Windows® 95/ 98/ 2000/ ME/ XP/ NT/Vista/7
Several Models Available
Several models of Softlog programmers are available. All models program 8-bit devices, including PIC12C, PIC16C, PIC10F, PIC12F, PIC16(L)F, PIC18F, PIC18F(J), and PIC18F(K). The following options are available:
Option D – DLL/Command Line Support for control by external programs or batch files
Option P – dsPIC/PIC24 Device Support
Option S – Security Support for strong encryption and to limit the number of devices programmed
Note 1: Keeloq Support(K) and PIC32 Support(X) are not available for these models
Note 2: Any support option (D/P/S/K/X) can be activated remotely. Upgrades for secure programming (S) are available from microchipDIRECT. For other options, contact Softlog Systems for details.
Note 3: ICP2 programmers can be powered by USB, or by external power adapter (included). ICP2GANG programmers are powered by external power adapter (included).
Note 4: ICP2PORT programmers can be powered by USB, batteries (3 type AAA), or external power adapter (not included).
Capabilities of High-Current Programmer
The ICP2(HC) model is designed for target boards with high current requirements:
Microchip P/N: TPG100001
Softlog P/N: ICP2
Microchip P/N: TPG100008
Softlog P/N: ICP2(HC)
Supply from USB
Yes (VDD current is limited to 40mA)
VDD current, max
250mA (recommended till 100mA)
VPP capacitive load, max
VPP current, max
Clock current, max
5mA (due to in-series resistor 150Ω)
Data current, max
5mA (due to in-series resistor 150Ω)
Gang Programmers Can Be Daisy-Chained
ICP2GANG programmers can be daisy-chained together to program up to 64 target devices simultaneously. Only a single USB or RS-232 connection to a PC is required, diagram shown above.
Full Featured GUI Programming Software
Control of ICP2 and ICP2GANG programmers is provided via MPLAB IDE plug-in, or a stand-alone GUI application, screenshot shown above.
Unique Secure Programming Capability
The secure programming feature dramatically reduces the risk of unauthorized reconstruction of hex files, and also limits how many times a hex file can be programmed. Secure programming operates on two levels: the ADMIN level and the USER level.
The ADMIN level of operation corresponds to the developer or owner of the software.
The USER level corresponds to a contract manufacturer or anyone authorized to program devices.
Using the Softlog Integrated Software, the ADMIN initializes the programmer with unique password, ID number and secure buffer. Once initialized, the programmer may be shipped to a contract manufacturer. The ADMIN can update the programmer remotely by sending encrypted files to the USER.
To begin a programming job, the ADMIN uses the Softlog Integrated Software to create an environment file. The environment file includes hex data, configuration info, and one optional piece of information: a counter that specifies the maximum number of successfully programmed devices. The environment file is protected using strong encryption, and can only be decoded by a programmer that has been initialized with the correct password and ID number.
The optional counter of successfully programmed devices is stored in non-volatile memory of the programmer. It can be used to ensure that only an authorized number of devices are programmed from a particular environment file.
The optional secure buffer provides an extra level of security by replacing a portion of the hex data memory image with dummy values. The content of the secure buffer is stored in protected memory within the programmer, and is programmed into the target device after the complete memory image (including dummy data) has been programmed and verified.
Note: Any security protocol or encryption scheme can be broken, if the attacker is sufficiently motivated and has access to the necessary resources and expertise. The Softlog Secure Programming feature is designed to dramatically reduce this risk.
The Secure Programming option can be added to any ICP2 or ICP2GANG programmer, no matter when or where it was purchased: