The Jam Standard Test and Programming Language (STAPL) was created by Intel® FPGA engineers and is supported by a consortium of programmable logic device (PLD) manufacturers, programming equipment makers, and test equipment manufacturers. Jam STAPL was adopted as JEDEC standard JESD-71 in August, 1999.
Jam STAPL addresses the issues that designers face when programming PLDs in-system. These issues include proprietary file formats, vendor-specific programming algorithms, large file sizes, and long programming times. Jam STAPL is a major step forward in providing a software-level standard for in-system programming (ISP).