Intel/Altera Byte Blaster Cable Selection and Installation

Using Tag-Connect Plug-of-Nails™ Cables with Altera Byte Blaster, USB Blaster and Ethernet Blaster.

Altera Byteblaster II with legged TC2030Tag-Connect 10-pin TC2050-IDC or TC2050-IDC-NL cables are compatible with the various Altera Byte Blaster programmers and download cables. For a smaller PCB footprint you can also choose our 6-pin TC2030-ALT or TC2030-ALT-NL cables which have a 10-pin ribbon cable and IDC connector that plugs into the ByteBlaster and a 6-pin TC2030 or TC2030-NL footprint at the other end.

Open the case of the Byte Blaster (if applicable) and simply unplug the existing 10-pin ribbon cable and replace with your Tag-Connect cable.

Note that some but not all of the older parrallel-port Byte Blasters unfortunately have 10-pin ribbon cables hard soldered to the internal PCB. Open the case to see if your Parrallel-Port Byte Blaster has a removable ribbon cable or if the cable is hard soldered. At the worst, fit an inline 10-pin male IDC connector to the Byte Blaster cable and plug in your TC2050).

You can find the data sheets here:

“Legged” cables hold themselves in place.  “No-Legs” cables can be held in place by hand or use with the TC2030-CLIP board or TC2050-CLIP for a hands-free connection.

Solutions using 6 Pin Target Connector

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Intel/Altera ByteBlaster to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 10 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
The TC2030-ALT programming cable is a special cable that has a TC2030 "Legged" Tag-Connector at one end and a 10-pin 0.1" pitch female IDC connector at the other. The 10-pin IDC can be plugged directly into some Altera USB Blasters and ByteBlasters. The cable is wired as follows:
TC2030-NL 10-pin 0.1" IDC
TC2030-ALT Connections
1 4     Vref
2 5     TMS
3 9     TDI
4 1     TCLK
5 2,10  GND
6 3     TDO
Please refer to the TC2030-IDC datasheet for details of the TC2030 connector and footprint. Usually ships in 1-3 days of order, please contact us to check if your need is urgent.

Datasheet (for TC2030 connector and footprint details only)

TC2030-ALT 6-pin Plug-of-Nails to 10-pin IDC for Altera USB Blasters and ByteBlasters. Connector view.1 x TC2030-ALT Legged Cable for use with Altera ByteBlaster
Price: $59.95 Qty: Buy
Intel/Altera ByteBlaster to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ No LegsDebug End: 10 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
The TC2030-ALT-NL cable is a special programming cable that has a TC2030 Tag-Connector at one end and a 10-pin 0.1" pitch female IDC connector at the other. The 10-pin IDC can be plugged directly into some Altera USB Blasters and ByteBlasters. The cable is wired as follows:
TC2030-NL 10-pin 0.1" IDC
TC2030-ALT-NL Connections
1 4     Vref
2 5     TMS
3 9     TDI
4 1     TCLK
5 2,10  GND
6 3     TDO
Please refer to the TC2030-IDC-NL datasheet for details of the TC2030-NL connector and footprint. Usually ships in 1-3 days of order, please contact us to check if your need is urgent.

Datasheet (for TC2030-NL connector and footprint details only)

TC2030-ALT-NL 6-pin Plug-of-Nails to 10-pin IDC for Altera USB Blasters and ByteBlasters.1 x TC2030-ALT-NL No-Legs Cable for use with Altera USB Blaster
This product is intended to temporarily hold a TC2030 -NL ("No Legs") cable in place on a PCB. This solution will help when board space is at a premium and you need a hands free solution for debugging. We recommend keeping a few spare of these since the tiny boards are easy to misplace when working on the bench. For a more robust solution consider a TC2030 legged cable.
TC2030-CLIP test programming connector retainer1 x TC2030-CLIP Retaining CLIP board for TC2030-NL cables
Include this item
Price: $65.95 Qty: Buy

Solutions using 10 Pin Target Connector

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Intel/Altera ByteBlaster to 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs10 pin target connector
PCB End: 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ No LegsDebug End: 10 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Tag-Connect's TC2050-IDC-NL "No Legs" Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable is a 10-conductor cable fitted with a spring-pin Tag-Connector that conveniently plugs directly into your PCB and terminates in a 0.1" ribbon connector.
  • Plugs straight to your PCB - No mating connector or header required!
  • Requires only a tiny 0.03" footprint of pads and locating holes in your PCB.
  • Zero Cost Per Board!
  • Tiny Footprint!
  • High-Reliability Spring-Pins make a Secure Connection and are rated for over 100,000 operations.
  • Footprint has no height and can reduce the size and space requirements of your PCB.
  • A great way to make test and debug signals available at no cost and with minimal board space.
  • Can be retained in place using a TC2050-CLIP board.
Tag-Connect cables provide a simple, reliable means of connecting Debuggers and Programmers or other test equipment to your PCB's while lowering board costs and facilitating efficient production programming. Tag-Connect uses a specially designed (Patent Pending) connector which eliminates the need for putting a programming header or other mating connector on every PCB. Instead, Tag-Connect uses tried and tested spring-pins rated for over 100,000 operations to make a secure connection to a special footprint pattern of pads and locating holes in your PCB. The tiny  "No Legs" footprint takes only 0.03 square inches (about the same board space as a couple of SMT resistors) which means you can locate the footprint right next to the MCU if desired. This 10-conductor cable has a TC2050-NL Tag-Connector on one end and a standard 0.1" ribbon connector on the other and is suitable for use with most many MCUs / FPGAs and JTAG programming and debug operations. A growing range of adaptors are available for specific and generic applications such as Xilinx SPARTAN and VERTEX FPGAs, TI MSP430 (TC2050-IDC-430), etc Also available in self-retaining "legged" version TC2050-IDC.

Datasheet

TC2050 10-pin Plug-of-Nails™ to 10-pin IDC1 x TC2050-IDC-NL 10-Pin No-Legs Cable with Ribbon connector.
This product is intended to temporarily hold a TC2050-NL cable in place on a PCB. The solution will help when board space is premium and you need to perform a hands-free programming or debugging operation. For a more robust and convenient debugging connection consider using the TC2050 legged cable and footprint. We recommend keeping a few spare of these since they are easily misplaced when working on the desktop. Over time they may lose some grip.
TC2050-CLIP retainer for TC2050 plug-of-nails1 x TC2050-CLIP Retaining CLIP board for TC2050-NL cables
Include this item
Price: $45.00 Qty: Buy
Intel/Altera ByteBlaster to 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged10 pin target connector
PCB End: 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 10 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Tag-Connect's TC2050-IDC-NL "Legged" Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable is a 10-conductor cable fitted with a spring-pin Tag-Connector that conveniently plugs directly into your PCB and terminates in a 0.1" ribbon connector.
  • Plugs straight to your PCB - No mating connector or header required!
  • Requires only a tiny footprint of pads and locating holes in your PCB.
  • Zero Cost Per Board!
  • Tiny Footprint!
  • High-Reliability Spring-Pins make a Secure Connection and are rated for over 100,000 operations.
  • Footprint has no height and can reduce the size and space requirements of your PCB.
  • A great way to make test and debug signals available at no cost and with minimal board space.
  • Can be retained in place using a TC2050-CLIP board.
Tag-Connect cables provide a simple, reliable means of connecting Debuggers and Programmers or other test equipment to your PCB's while lowering board costs and facilitating efficient production programming. Tag-Connect uses a specially designed (Patent Pending) connector which eliminates the need for putting a programming header or other mating connector on every PCB. Instead, Tag-Connect uses tried and tested spring-pins rated for over 100,000 operations to make a secure connection to a special footprint pattern of pads and locating holes in your PCB. The legged version footprint takes about the same board space as two or three SMT resistors which means you can locate the footprint right next to the MCU if desired. This 10-conductor cable has a TC2050 Tag-Connector on one end and a standard 0.1" ribbon connector on the other and is suitable for use with most many MCUs / FPGAs and JTAG programming and debug operations. A growing range of adaptors are available for specific and generic applications such as Xilinx SPARTAN and VERTEX FPGAs, TI MSP430 (TC2050-IDC-430), etc See also TC2050-IDC-NL (no-legs) version with a tiny 0.03” footprint.

Datasheet

TC2050-IDC debug/programming cable1 x TC2050-IDC - Tag Connect 2050 IDC
Price: $39.00 Qty: Buy