If you are particularly sensitive to variations in programming times, Altera recommends using in-circuit testers and fixed-algotithm devices (these devices have an "F" suffix at the end of the ordering code). When using "F" devices with in-circuit testers, programming times are the same for each device. If you cannot use in-circuit testers and "F" devices, you can use a faster PC to reduce the overall programming time. A faster PC will not eliminate differences in programming times, but it does reduce the overall programming time.
Last Modified: February 13, 2006
Programming times for MAX 7000A, MAX 7000AE, MAX 7000S, and MAX 9000 devices using different programming hardware may vary, regardless of date/lot codes of the device. Additionally, you may notice slower programming times when using slower programming hardware.