Standard flash memory devices are used in many applications to store configuration, program, or memory data. Before these flash devices can be used in a system, they must be programmed. Using traditional methods, this programming can absorb large amounts of time in the manufacturing process. These methods provide little flexibility for last-minute changes or in-field programming updates, an increasingly necessary ability needed for design changes that add features or address bugs.

This paper explains how the Altera Parallel Flash Loader (PFL) solution addresses these issues, thereby simplifying manufacturing processes, lowering costs, and providing other benefits.