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Discontinued product. Replacement: BeeHive208s programmer.

Extremely fast universal 8x 48-pin-drive Stand-Alone concurrent multiprogramming system.

Short description:

  • eight independent universal programming modules (BeeProg+ based) in one unit
  • extremely fast programming, one of the fastest programmers in this category. Programs 64Mbit NOR Flash memory less than 46 seconds and 1Gbit NAND Flash less than 120 sec.
  • powerful independent pin-driver circuit for each and every pin of the programmer
  • in-circuit programming capability through ISP connector
  • graphics control unit with touch screen
  • very low voltage support for the latest Flash memory chips
  • ESD protection on each pin of the sockets
  • no adapter required for any DIL devices
  • Windows XP Embedded driven control PC internal to the programmer
  • made in Slovakia
  • warranty - 3 years

Optional accessories:


  • The BeeHive8S is an extremely fast universal 8x 48-pin-drive Stand-Alone concurrent multiprogramming system designed for high volume production programming with minimal operator effort. The chips are programmed at near theoretical maximum programming speed.
  • The BeeHive8S consists of 8 independent isolated universal programming modules, based on the BeeProg+ programmer hardware. Therefore the sockets can run asynchronously (concurrent programming mode). Each programming module starts programming at the moment the chip is detected as inserted in the socket properly - independent of the status of the other programming modules. As a result, seven programming modules can be working while replacing the programmed chip on the eighth.
  • Graphics control unit with touch screen provides basic control and easy monitoring of the programming flow.
  • Modular construction of the hardware - the programming modules work independently - allowing for continued operation if a part of the circuit becomes inoperable. It also makes service quick and easy.
  • Hands-free operation: asynchronous and concurrent operation allows a chip to begin programming immediately upon insertion. The operator merely removes the finished chip and inserts a new chip. Operator training is therefore minimized.
  • Supports all types of the silicon technologies found in the programmable devices of today and tomorrow without family-specific modules. You can be sure that new device support will require only a software update and (if necessary) a simple package convertor (programming adapter), therefore minimizing ownership costs.
  • Using built-in in-circuit serial programming (ISP) connector, the programmer is able to program ISP capable chips in circuit.
  • Combines very competitive pricing with excellent hardware design for reliable programming. Probably the best "value for the money" programmer in its class.
  • Very fast programming due to high-speed FPGA driven hardware and execution of time-critical routines inside the programmer. At least as fast as our competitors in this category for most devices, and for many it is faster. As a result, when used in a production environment this programmer will usually be waiting for an operator, and not the other way round.
  • Banana jack for ESD wrist strap connection to easily implement ESD protection control.
HARDWARE (valid for each programming module)
  • FPGA based totally reconfigurable 48 powerful TTL pin-drivers provide H/L/pull_up/pull_down and read capability for each pin of socket. Advanced pin-drivers incorporate high-quality high-speed circuitry to deliver signals without overshoot or ground bounce for all supported devices. Pin-drivers operate down to 1.8V so you'll be ready to program the full range of today's advanced low-voltage devices.
  • Each programming module performs a device insertion test (wrong or backward position) and contact check (poor contact pin-to-socket) before it programs each device. These capabilities, supplemented by over-current protection and signature-byte check, help prevent chip damage due to operator error.
  • The self-test capability allows the operator to run the diagnostic part of software to thoroughly check the health of the each programming module.
  • Built-in protection circuits eliminate damage to the programming module and/or programmed device due to environment or operator failure. All ZIF socket pins inputs and all pins of ISP connector of the BeeHive8S programmer are protected against ESD up to 15kV.
  • The BeeHive8S programmer performs programming verification at the marginal level of supply voltage, which obviously improves programming yield, and guarantees long data retention.
  • Various programming adapters are available to handle devices in PLCC, SOIC, PSOP, SSOP, TSOP, TSSOP, TQFP, QFN (MLF), SDIP, BGA and other packages.
SOFTWARE (production mode control part)
  • This part of the software is designed for the easy monitoring of high-volume production operations.
  • There are two ways to control and monitor programming flow of the BeeHive8S Stand-Alone multiprogramming system: 1) using the control unit or 2) using a standard display/keyboard/mouse.
  • The Graphics control unit with touch screen provides all basic information about programming flow and allows the most basic level of controlling of the BeeHive8S programmer.

  • Usage of a display/keyboard/mouse allows viewing all necessary information about programming flow while providing more comfort to the operator.
  • Operator-friendly control software combines many powerful functions with ease of use. Graphic user interface provides an overview of all important activity results without burdening the operator with non-important details.
  • A Project file is used to control the BeeHive8S Stand-Alone multiprogramming system. A Project file contains user data, chip programming setup information, chip configuration data, auto programming command sequence, etc. Operator error is therefore minimized, because the project file is normally created and proofed by engineering and then given to the operator. An optional protected mode can be set for the Project file to avoid unwanted changes to it.
  • Each chip may be programmed with different data such as a unique serial number, configuration or calibration information.
SOFTWARE (programming modules driver, engineering mode control)
  • This part of the software is designed for the quick and easy preparation of the project file to use in the production mode control software.
  • Each programming module is driven by an easy-to-use control program with pull-down menu, hot keys and on-line help. Device selection is performed by its type, by manufacturer or simply by typing a fragment of the vendor name and/or part number. It is the same years-proven software, that is used for all other Elnec single-site programmers.


  • Standard device-related commands (read, blank check, program, verify, erase) are enhanced by test functions (insertion test, connection check, signature-byte check), as well as some special functions (auto-increment, production mode - start immediately after insertion of chip into socket).
  • All known data formats are supported. Automatic file format detection and conversion occurs during loading of the file. It is possible to use Jam files (JEDEC standard JESD-71) and VME files
  • The rich-featured auto-increment function enables one to assign individual serial numbers to each programmed device - or simply increments a serial number. The function also enables one to read serial numbers or any programmed device identification signatures from a file.
  • The software also provides considerable information about programmable devices. As a selection aide, drawings of all available packages are provided. The software provided also explains chip labelling (the meaning of prefixes and suffixes on the chips) for each supported IC.
  • It is important to remember, that support for most new devices will require only a software update, because the BeeHive8S is based on the truly universal (BeeProg+) programmer. With our prompt service you can have new device added to the list of supported devices within hours! See AlgOR (Algorithm On Request) service for details.
  • Free software updates are available by download from our WEB site.
  • Keep-Current and AlgOR services, our next step towards customer satisfaction.
    • Keep-Current service means that Elnec automatically ships the latest version of programmer software and updated user documentation (Keep-Current package) to the customer on a regular basis for a minimal cost. The Keep-Current service package is your hassle-free guarantee that you are achieving the highest quality programming on Elnec programmer.
    • AlgOR (Algorithm On Request) This free service provides a tool to our customer to help influence the development of software support for addidional programmable devices on Elnec programmers.
  • Advanced design of the BeeHive8S multiprogrammer, including protective circuits, brand name components, careful manufacturing and hours-long burn-in allows us to provide a three-year warranty on parts and labor for the programmer itself (limited 25 000-cycle warranty on ZIF sockets). Although we take as much care as possible to integrate high quality in the build-in computer, we can't provide a higher warranty than we receive from our suppliers of the computer parts. Therefore there is a limited warranty of one year on all computer parts such as the motherboar, CPU, HD, touchscreen, ... .
  • Online technical support (WebForm/e-mail based) is available with a promised 24 hour response time.

Specifications (the BeeHive8S multiprogramming system)

  • 8x universal programming module (8x 48-pin DIL ZIF sockets and 8x ISP connectors)
  • operation result LEDs, LED power indicator
  • banana jack for ESD wrist strap connection
  • banana jack for connection to ground
The Beehive8S site

Specifications (PC system internal to the programmer)

  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded operating system
  • PC Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • 160 GB HDD
The Beehive8S back

Specifications (valid for each programming module)


Base unit, DACs

  • USB 2.0 high-speed compatible port, up to 480 Mbit/s transfer rate
  • on-board intelligence: powerful microprocessor and FPGA based state machine
  • three D/A converters for VCCP, VPP1, and VPP2, controllable rise and fall time
  • VCCP range 0..8V/1A
  • VPP1, VPP2 range 0..26V/1A
  • selftest capability
The Beehive8S inside(1)

ZIF sockets, pin-driver

  • 48-pin DIL ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) socket accepts both 300/600 mil devices up to 48-pin
  • pin-drivers: 48 universal
  • VCCP/VPP1/VPP2 can be connected to each pin
  • perfect ground for each pin
  • FPGA based TTL driver provides H, L, CLK, pull-up, pull-down on all pin-driver pins
  • analog pin-driver output level selectable from 1.8 V up to 26V
  • current limitation, over-current shutdown, power failure shutdown
  • ESD protection on each pin of socket (IEC1000-4-2: 15kV air, 8kV contact)
  • continuity test: each pin is tested before every programming operation
The Beehive8S ZIF

ISP connector

  • 20-pin male type with miss-insertion prevention
  • 6 TTL pin-drivers provide H, L, CLK, pull-up, pull-down; level H selectable from 1.8V up to 5V to handle all (low-voltage including) devices.
  • 1x VCCP voltage (range 2V..7V/100mA), can be applied to two pins
  • programmed chip voltage (VCCP) with both source/sink capability and voltage sense
  • 1x VPP voltage (range 2V..25V/50mA), can be applied to six pins
  • target system supply voltage (range 2V..6V/250mA)
  • ESD protection on each pin of ISP connector (IEC1000-4-2: 15kV air, 8kV contact)
  • two output signals, which indicate state of work result = LED OK and LED Error (active level: min 1.8V)
  • input signal, switch YES! equivalent (active level: max 0.8V)
The Beehive8S ISP

Programmer, in ZIF socket

  • EPROM: NMOS/CMOS, 2708*, 27xxx and 27Cxxx series, with 8/16 bit data width, full support for LV series
  • EEPROM: NMOS/CMOS, 28xxx, 28Cxxx, 27EExxx series, with 8/16 bit data width
  • Flash EPROM: 28Fxxx, 29Cxxx, 29Fxxx, 29BVxxx, 29LVxxx, 29Wxxx, 49Fxxx series, Samsung's K8Fxxxx, K8Cxxxx, K8Sxxxx, K8Pxxxx series, from 256Kbit to 1Gbit, with 8/16 bit data width, full support for LV series
  • Serial E(E)PROM: 11LCxxx, 24Cxxx, 24Fxxx, 25Cxxx, 45Dxxx, 59Cxxx, 25Fxxx, 25Bxxx, 25Dxxx, 25Pxxx, 25Qxxx, 85xxx, 93Cxxx, NVM3060, MDAxxx series, full support for LV series, AT88SCxxx
  • Configuration (EE)PROM: XCFxxx, XC17xxxx, XC18Vxxx, EPCxxx, AT17xxx, 37LVxx
  • 1-Wire E(E)PROM: DS1xxx, DS2xxx
  • PROM: AMD, Harris, National, Philips/Signetics, Tesla, TI
  • NV RAM: Dallas DSxxx, SGS/Inmos MKxxx, SIMTEK STKxxx, XICOR 2xxx, ZMD U63x series
  • PLD: Altera: MAX 3000A, MAX 7000A, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX7000AE, MAX II
  • PLD: Lattice: ispGAL22V10x, ispLSI1xxx, ispLSI1xxxEA, ispLSI2xxx, ispLSI2xxxA, ispLSI2xxxE, ispLSI2xxxV, ispLSI2xxxVE, ispLSI2xxxVL, LC4xxxB/C/V/ZC, M4-xx/xx, M4A3-xx/xx, M4A5-xx/xx, M4LV-xx/xx, ispCLOCK, Power Manager
  • PLD: Xilinx: XC9500, XC9500XL, XC9500XV, CoolRunner XPLA3, CoolRunner-II
  • other PLD: SPLD/CPLD series: AMI, Atmel, AMD-Vantis, Gould, Cypress, ICT, Lattice, NS, Philips, STM, VLSI, TI
  • FPGA: Actel: ProASIC3, IGLOO, Fusion
  • FPGA: Lattice: MachXO, LatticeXP, ispXPGA
  • FPGA: Xilinx: Spartan-3AN
  • NAND FLASH: Samsung K9xxx, Hynix HY27xxx, Toshiba TC58xxx, Micron MT29Fxxx, Spansion S30Mxxx, Numonyx (ex STM (ex SGS Thomson)) NANDxxx
  • Multi-chip devices: NAND+RAM, NOR+RAM, NOR+NOR+RAM, NAND+NOR+RAM
  • Clocks: TI(TMS), Cypress
  • Microcontrollers 48 series: 87x41, 87x42, 87x48, 87x49, 87x50 series
  • Microcontrollers 51 series: 87xx, 87Cxxx, 87LVxx, 89Cxxx, 89Sxxx, 89LVxxx, 89LSxxx, 89LPxxx, 89Exxx, 89Lxxx, all manufacturers, Philips LPC series
  • Microcontrollers Intel 196 series: 87C196 KB/KC/KD/KT/KR/...
  • Microcontrollers Atmel ARM7: AT91SAM7Sxx, AT91SAM7Lxx, AT91SAM7Xxx, AT91SAM7XCxx, AT91SAM7SExx series
  • Microcontrollers Atmel AVR 8bit: AT90Sxxxx, AT90pwm, AT90can, AT90usb, ATtiny, ATmega series
  • Microcontrollers Atmel AVR32: AT32UC3xxxx
  • Microcontrollers Chipcon (TI): CC11xx, CC24xx, CC25xx series
  • Microcontrollers Cypress: CY7Cxxxxx, CY8Cxxxxx
  • Microcontrollers ELAN: EM78Pxxx
  • Microcontrollers Infineon(Siemens): XC800, C500, XC166, C166 series
  • Microcontrollers MDT 1xxx and 2xxx series
  • Microcontrollers Microchip PICmicro: PIC10xxx, PIC12xxx, PIC16xxx, PIC17Cxxx, PIC18xxx, PIC24xxx, dsPIC series
  • Microcontrollers Motorola/Freescale: 68HC05, 68HC08, 68HC11, HCS08, HCS12, MC56F, MCF52 series
  • Microcontrollers Myson MTV2xx, 3xx, 4xx and 5xx series
  • Microcontrollers National: COP8xxx series
  • Microcontrollers NEC: uPD70Fxxx, uPD78Fxxx series
  • Microcontrollers Novatek: NT68xxx series
  • Microcontrollers Philips (NXP) UOC series: UOCIII, UOC-TOP, UOC-Fighter series
  • Microcontrollers Philips (NXP) ARM7: LPC2xxx, PCD807xx, SAF7780xxx series
  • Microcontrollers Scenix (Ubicom): SXxxx series
  • Microcontrollers Renesas: R8C/Tiny series
  • Microcontrollers SGS-Thomson: ST6xx, ST7xx, ST10xx, STR7xx series
  • Microcontrollers & Programmable System Memory STMicroelectronics: uPSD, PSD series
  • Microcontrollers STM (ex SGS Thomson): ST6xx, ST7xx, ST10xx, STR7xx, STR9xx, STM32Fxx series
  • Microcontrollers Silicon Laboratories(Cygnal): C8051 series
  • Microcontrollers TI: MSP430, MSC12xx series, TMS320F
  • Microcontrollers ZILOG: Z86/Z89xxx and Z8Fxxxx, Z8FMCxxxxx, Z16Fxxxx, ZGP323xxxxxx, ZLF645xxxxxxx, ZLP12840xxxxx, ZLP323xxxxxxx series
  • Microcontrollers other: EM Microelectronic, Fujitsu, Goal Semiconductor, Hitachi, Holtek, Princeton, Macronix, Winbond, Samsung, Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Realtek, M-Square, ASP, Coreriver, Gencore, EXODUS Microelectronic, Megawin, Syntek, Topro, TinyARM, VersaChips, SunplusIT ...

Programmer, through ISP connector

  • Serial E(E)PROM: IIC series, MW series, SPI series, KEELOQ series, serial data Flash, PLD configuration memories, UNI/O series
  • Microcontrollers Atmel: AT89Sxxx, AT90pwm, AT90can, AT90usb, AT90Sxxxx, ATtiny, ATmega, AT89LSxxx, AT89LPxxx
  • Microcontrollers Atmel AVR32: AT32UC3xxxx
  • Microcontrollers Chipcon (TI): CC11xx, CC24xx, CC25xx series
  • Microcontrollers Cypress: CY8C2xxxx
  • Microcontrollers Elan: EM78Pxxx, EM6xxx series
  • Microcontrollers EM Microelectronic: 4 and 8 bit series
  • Microcontrollers Microchip PICmicro: PIC10xxx, PIC12xxx, PIC16xxx, PIC17xxx, PIC18xxx, PIC24xxx, dsPIC series
  • Microcontrollers Mitsubishi: M16C
  • Microcontrollers Motorola/Freescale: 68HC11, 68HC08 (both 5-wire, All-wire), HCS08, HCS12 series
  • Microcontrollers NEC: uPD7xxx series
  • Microcontrollers Philips: LPC2xxx series, LPC series, 89xxx series
  • Microcontrollers Renesas: R8C/Tiny series
  • Microcontrollers Realtek, M-Square
  • Microcontrollers Scenix (Ubicom): SXxxx series
  • Microcontrollers STM (ex. SGS Thomson): STR7xx, STR9xx, STM32Fxx series
  • Microcontrollers Silicon Laboratories(Cygnal): C8051 series
  • Microcontrollers & Programmable System Memory STMicroelectronics: uPSD, PSD series
  • Microcontrollers TI: MSP430 (both JTAG and BSL series), MSC12xxx series
  • Microcontrollers ZILOG: Z8Fxxxx, Z8FMCxxxxx, Z16Fxxxx series
  • Various PLD (also by Jam/VME/SVF/STAPL/... Player/JTAG support):
    Altera: MAX 3000A, MAX 7000A, MAX 7000B, MAX 7000S, MAX 9000, MAX II
    Xilinx: XC9500, XC9500XL, XC9500XV, CoolRunner XPLA3, CoolRunner-II
  • PLD: Lattice: ispGAL22xV10x, ispLSI1xxxEA, ispLSI2xxxE, ispLSI2xxxV, ispLSI2xxxVE, ispLSI2xxxVL, M4-xx/xx, M4LV-xx/xx, M4A3-xx/xx, M4A5-xx/xx, LC4xxxB/C/V/ZC, ispCLOCK, Power Manager
  • FPGA: Actel: ProASIC3, IGLOO, Fusion
  • FPGA: Lattice: MachXO, LatticeXP, ispXPGA

Package support

  • supports all devices in DIP with default socket
  • supports devices in non-DIP packages up to 48 pins with universal adapters
  • programmer is compatible with third-party adapters for non-DIP support

Programming speed

  • It is important to know that at Elnec we always use random number data patterns for programming speed testing. Some our competitors use a "sparse" data pattern, where only a few non-blank data addresses are programmed or they used data with only a few 0 bits (FE, EF, etc.). This deceptive approach can "decrease" programming time considerably. If you plan to compare, always ask what type of pattern they use for their advertised programming speed.

    Device Size [bits] Operation Time
    M50FW080 (parallel Flash) 100000Hx8 (8 Mega) programming and verify 22 sec.
    MX28F640C3BT (parallel Flash) 400000Hx16 (64 Mega) programming and verify 57 sec.
    K9F1G08U0M (parallel NAND Flash) 8400000Hx8 (1 Giga) programming and verify 229 sec.
    AT45D081 (serial Flash) 108000Hx8 (16 Mega) programming and verify 36 sec.
    AT89C51RD2 (microcontroller) 10000Hx8 programming and verify 15 sec.
    PIC18LF452 (microcontroller) 4000Hx16 programming and verify 4 sec.

    • Algorithms: only manufacturer approved or certified algorithms are used.

    • Algorithm updates: software updates are available regularly, approx. every 4 weeks, free of charge (Internet download). OnDemand version of software is available for highly needed chips support and/or bugs fixes. Available nearly daily.

    • Main features: revision history, session logging, on-line help, device and algorithm information.

    Device operations

    • standard:
      • intelligent device selection by device type, manufacturer or typed fragment of part name
      • automatic ID-based selection of EPROM/Flash EPROM
      • blank check, read, verify
      • program
      • erase
      • configuration and security bit program
      • illegal bit test
      • checksum
      • interprets the Jam Standard Test and Programming Language (STAPL), JEDEC standard JESD-71
      • interprets the VME files compressed binary variation of SVF files
    • security
      • insertion test, reverse insertion check
      • contact check
      • ID byte check
    • special
      • production mode (automatic start immediately after device insertion)
      • lot of serialization modes (more type of incremental modes, from-file mode, custom generator mode)
      • statistic
      • count-down mode

    Buffer operations

    • view/edit, find/replace
    • fill/copy, move, byte swap, word/dword split
    • checksum (byte, word)
    • print

    File load/save

    • there is no download time because the embedded PC controls the programmer
    • automatic file type identification/recognition
      Supported file formats
      • unformatted (raw) binary
      • HEX: Intel, Intel EXT, Motorola S-record, MOS, Exormax, Tektronix, ASCII-SPACE-HEX, ASCII HEX
      • Altera POF, JEDEC (ver. 3.0.A), eg. from ABEL, CUPL, PALASM, TANGO PLD, OrCAD PLD, PLD Designer ISDATA, etc.
      • JAM (JEDEC STAPL Format), JBC (Jam STAPL Byte Code), STAPL (STAPL File) JEDEC standard JESD-71
      • VME (ispVME file VME2.0/VME3.0)


    • operating voltage 100-240V AC rated, 90-264 VAC max., 47-63 Hz
    • power consumption max. 300W active
    • maximal outside dimensions 625x465x115 mm (24.6x18.3x4.5 inch)
    • weight (programmer) 14.9kg (32.85 lb)
    • temperature 5°C ÷ 35°C (41°F ÷ 95°F)
    • humidity 20%..80%, non condensing

    Package includes

    Standard accessories:
    • The BeeHive8S programmer
    • diagnostic POD for ZIF socket self-test of the programmer (1x)
    • diagnostic POD for ISP connector self-test of the programmer (1x)
    • ISP cable (8x)
    • anti-dust cover for ZIF socket (8x)
    • user manual (both on CD and printed form)
    • software
    • calibration test report
    • transport case (cardboard box)
    Bonus pack:
    • ESD wrist strap with cord and banana plug
    • Vacuum pen
    • Gift (surprise)

    Additional services

    • Keep Current - Elnec sends the user the latest version of the programmer software and updated user documentation (Keep-Current package)
    • AlgOR (Algorithms On Request) - add new device support on customer request

    Programmer price also includes

    • free technical support (hot line)
    • free life-time software update via Internet

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