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BeeHive204AP ( 60-0055)

Extremely fast universal 4x 48-pindrive concurrent multiprogramming system - the core for automated programmers and automatic test equipments (ATE).

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Short description:

  • industrial version of BeeHive204 programmer for usage in automated programmers and ATE machines
  • four independent universal programming sites (BeeProg2 based) in one unit
  • extremely fast programming, one of the fastest programmers in this category. Programs 64Mbit NOR Flash memory less than 9 seconds and 1Gbit NAND Flash less than 70 sec.
  • two BeeHive204AP units can be attached to one control PC to better utilize programming workplace
  • (option) Windows Embedded OS driven BeeHive204AP control unit serve two BeeHive204AP programmers
  • one software can serve up to 64 programming sites in one automated programmer (16x BeeHive204AP programmers)
  • comfortable and easy to use control program, works with all versions of MS Windows from Windows XP to Windows 11 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • implementation into available 3rd party automated programmers and ATE machines using simple remote control
  • unique quick reaction to customer's needs - software update can be ready within a day from request, by OnDemand software
  • made in Slovakia
  • warranty - 3 years
  • approved by CE laboratory to meet CE requirements
    CE requirements for BeeHive208S device programmer

Optional accessories:


  • BeeHive204AP is an industrial version of BeeHive204 programmer for usage in automated programmers. The differences are:

    • the dimensions of the BeeHive204AP programmer are reduced - compared to the BeeHive204 - in intent to minimize overhead of the handler's arm movement
    • more mechanically stable case to be immune against vibration during operation. The case of BeeHive204AP is prepared to be fastened from top or from bottom of programmer body into automated programmer working place
    • different construction of programming modules, stable enough for insert/replace chips by mechanical arm and also that allow to keep identical position of ZIF socket also after replacing of the module

  • BeeHive204AP can be implemented into automated programmer (also as a replacement of obsolete programming unit(s) inside) and into ATE machines by two ways

    1) using of standard PC, for example BeeHive204AP can be connected to the control PC of automated programmer.

    • up to 2 BeeHive204AP can be attached to one computer using USB hub or USB ports of the PC
    • see please BeeHive204 description for other details of this implementation

    2) using BeeHive204AP control unit (option)

    • Up to 2 BeeHive204AP programmers are controlled by BeeHive204AP control unit. The BeeHive204AP control unit is Windows Embedded OS driven computer, optimized for industrial environment.

    The selected way of the BeeHive204AP implementation into automated programmer or handler depends mainly on the type of chips you plan to program. Let's assume, the mechanical arm movement time, from picking up chip from the input tray (tape, ...) to chip insertion into ZIF socket of programmer, including fine positioning by camera, is 5 seconds. The time between chip removing from ZIF socket of the programmer and placement of chip to output tray (tape, ...) is 3s. Together it is 8 seconds, multiplied 7 sites (until one site is served, 7 sites are working) it is 56 seconds. Because the high programming speed of BeeHive204AP, only really large memories have programming time that exceed this time - and then the usage of BeeHive204AP control unit is needed for totally balanced performance of both programming system and handler.

  • If more than two BeeHive204AP programmers is necessary to implement into automated programmer, then more control PC is necessary to use. Whole system is scalable up to 64 programming sites in one automated programming system by multiplying of BeeHive204AP programmers and the control PCs. Maximal configuration comprise of 16x BeeHive204AP programmers. One control computer in the system serve as a master unit. Here is running also multiprogramming control software, serialization engine and interface to the host system. Interfacing of control PCs in whole network is done over standard LAN.
  • Implementation of BeeHive204AP into available 3rd party automated programmers and handlers (off-board IC testing ATE machines) is using simple remote control of the PG4UWMC control software. Implementation of BeeHive204AP into ATE machines for on-board IC programming and for on-board manual programming (using bed-of-nails) is using remote control of PG4UW software. There exist examples of implementation for standard programming languages for both ways of remote control and of course we are ready to help customers with this task.
  • For other (standard) parameters of BeeHive204AP programmer, see please description of BeeHive204.
  • For manual programming, we recommend to use BeeHive204 programmer, mainly due to wider range of programming adapters.

  • BeeHive204AP programming modules have schematics identical like programming adapters for BeeHive204 programmer, but these modules are mechanically designed for perfect stability at the top of the programmer and also in intent to keep identical position if the programming module is exchanged.

    BeeHive204AP programming module BeeHive204AP programming module, insertion
    The list of BeeHive204AP programming modules is identical like BeeHive204 programming adapters, except the programming adapters that use ClamShell version of the ZIF socket (mainly adapters for BGA packages). We're continuously working on the finding of proper open-top ZIF sockets for such programming adapters.

Care for the customers

  • New Device Request (AlgOR Service)
    • It is important to remember, that a support of most of the new devices requires only a software update, because the BeeHive204AP is truly a universal programmer. With our prompt service, support for the new device can be added within a hours! See AlgOR (Algorithm On Request) service and OnDemand software for details.
    • This service is in almost all cases free. Please note, however, that we can ask the customer to share the costs, if development and manufacturing costs are too high.
  • Free life-time software updates
    • Most current version of Elnec programmers software, with support of newly added devices, is available for free here
  • Free Technical support
    • Elnec provide customers technical support (WebForm/e-mail based) available usually within a few hours, or at the latest, the next working day.
  • Keep-Current service
    • Keep-Current service means, that Elnec ships the latest version of programmer software and updated user documentation (Keep-Current package) to the customer . The Keep-Current service is your hassle-free guarantee that you are achieving the highest quality programming on Elnec programmers, at minimal cost.
  • Prompt delivery
    • Combination of extensive stock, flexible manufacturing and shipping of Elnec products by world class carriers (like DHL) guarantees customers very fast and secure delivery of ordered Elnec products. Products ordered before 10 a.m. (CET) will be dispatched the same working day - if products are in stock and the payment is done by Online payment (CardPay, PayPal).
  • Warranty
    • BeeHive204AP Elnec Warranty Advanced design of the BeeHive204AP universal programmer, including protective circuits, original brand components, careful manufacturing and burning-in allow us to provide a three-year warranty on parts and workmanship of the programmer and programming adapters with limited warranty on ZIF sockets according to information about the maximal actuations number of the particular ZIF socket.
    • Elnec provides free shipping of programmer repaired under warranty back to customers worldwide. The warranty is valid from the date of purchase.
    • Preferential handling of repair requests ensures registration of the product that should be done within 60 days from the date of purchase Product registration.



PC system requirements


  • external power supply unit: operating voltage 100-240V AC rated, 90-264 VAC max., 47-63 Hz. Output voltage: 15V
  • power consumption max. 60W active
  • dimensions of BeeHive204AP programmer: 310x205x61 mm ( 12.2 x 8.1 x 2.4 inch). Dimensions were measured without programming module inserted and does not include projections. Total height of BeeHive204AP programmer with programming module inserted depends on ZIF socket height and can vary between 80-90mm.
  • weight of BeeHive204AP programmer: 3.5kg (7.72 lb)
  • operating temperature: 5°C ÷ 40°C (41°F ÷ 104°F)
  • operating humidity: 20%..80%, non condensing

Package includes (programmer and standard accessories):


  • Gift (surprise)

Additional services

  • Keep Current - Elnec sends to user the latest version of programmer software and updated user documentation (Keep-Current package)
  • AlgOR (Algorithms On Request) - add new supported devices at the customer's request

Programmer price also includes

The information in this document is subject to change without notice.

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