MPLAB ICD4 Cable Selection & Installation

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Microchip’s new MPLAB ICD4 is the successor of the very popular ICD3 programmer / debugger.

ICD4 uses an 8-pin RJ45 modular jack in place of ICD3’s RJ12, however the RJ45 jack is compatible with the same 6-pin RJ12 cables used for ICD3. RJ12 cables such as TC2030-MCP will bring out the same signals on the TC2030 footprints as when used with ICD3.

Additionally, ICD4 extends the range of target devices to include Microchip’s (Atmel) SAM family of ARM Cortex based MCU’s as well as having support for MIPS JTAG and (Atmel) AVR MCU’s.

The solutions listed below are ONLY for PIC/dsPIC/PIC32 families, they won’t work with AVR or SAM.

Our soon to be launched new family of 8-pin TC2040 cables and solutions will support SAM, AVR, and MIPS. For more information or to be added to our notification list please Contact Us. Also watch this space for new solutions for SAM using the same 6-pin TC2030 footprints as our ARM20-CTX adapter + TC2030-IDC cables (SWD protocol) and TC2050-ARM2010 + 10-pin TC2050 cables. Watch this space!

Check out the data sheets:


RJ12 Solutions for Microchip PIC / dsPIC / PIC32 (6″ cable)

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs (6" cable)
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ No LegsDebug End: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
Tag-Connect TC2030-MCP-NL programming cable is primarily intended for use in production programming. It is particularly suited to environments where the connection to the PCB is of short duration, and operators are working quickly from board to board. A major advantage of the TC2030-MCP-NL is the extremely small footprint required on the PCB (hardly any bigger than a surface mount resistor) allowing the minimum possible space on your PCB to be used for the programming connection. The TC2030-MCP-NL is also compatible with the TC2030-MCP footprint allowing use of the TC2030-MCP for development work and TC2030-MCP-NL for fast programming in production. The TC2030-MCP-NL can be held in place making it suitable for debugging and development when using TC2030-CLIP board . Where a sustained connection to the PCB is required, also consider the TC2030-MCP. Ideal for efficient production programming and also for debugging.
TC2030-NL no legs tiny PCB footprint connector to RJ12 for Microchip ICD1 x TC2030-MCP-NL 6-Pin No-Legs Cable with RJ12 Modular Plug (for Microchip ICD)
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. Supplied as pack of 3. 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-3PACK retaining clips for TC20301 x TC2030-CLIP-3PACK Retaining CLIP board for TC2030-NL cables - 3 Pack
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RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs (6" cable)
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
TC2030 legged footprintTag-Connect TC2030-MCP cable is primarily intended for use in development environments and is also ideal for production programming. The spring-loaded contact pins are held firmly in place by four plastic legs each of which clips securely into its own locating hole. Tag-Connect TC2030-MCP is ideal where you need to maintain a connection to the PCB for an extended period such as when performing testing or development work. See also TC2030-MCP-NL for applications where an even smaller footprint is required. Ideal for both debugging and production programming.
TC2030-MCP programming cable, 6 pin plug-of-nails to RJ12 for Microchip ICD1 x TC2030-MCP 6-Pin Cable with RJ12 Modular Plug (for Microchip ICD)
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RJ12 Solutions for Microchip PIC / dsPIC / PIC32 (10″ cable)

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs (10" cable)
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ No LegsDebug End: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
This is the 10"/254mm (longer) version of the TC2030-MCP-NL programming cable. Note that 10" exceeds the Microchip maximum?cable length specification of 8" and is not supported by Microchip. However, the additional length provides increased convenience and has not been known to cause problems in general use. Microchip to date has only specified the maximum length of the programming cable and not the typical additional length of PCB traces needed between the RJ12 connector (which might be on the edge of the PCB) and the MCU. With the much smaller TC2030 footprint you can usually put the ICD connection right at the MCU.
TC2030-NL no legs tiny PCB footprint connector to RJ12 for Microchip ICD1 x TC2030-MCP-NL-10 6-Pin Cable with RJ12 Modular Plug (for Microchip ICD) 10" Version
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. Supplied as pack of 3. 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-3PACK retaining clips for TC20301 x TC2030-CLIP-3PACK Retaining CLIP board for TC2030-NL cables - 3 Pack
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Price: $53.95 Qty: Buy
RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs (10" cable)
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
This is the 10" (254mm) (longer) version of the TC2030-MCP programming cable. Note that 10" exceeds the Microchip maximum cable length specification of 8" and is not supported by Microchip. However, the additional length provides increased convenience and has not been known to cause problems in general use. Microchip to date has only specified the maximum length of the programming cable and not the typical additional length of PCB traces needed between the RJ12 connector (which might be on the edge of the PCB) and the MCU. With the much smaller TC2030 footprint you can usually put the ICD connection right at the MCU.
TC2030-MCP programming cable, 6 pin plug-of-nails to RJ12 for Microchip ICD1 x TC2030-MCP-10 6-Pin Cable with RJ12 Modular Plug (for Microchip ICD) 10" Version.
Price: $35.95 Qty: Buy