Tag-Connect Solutions for Microchip PICkit 3

Using Tag-Connect Cables with Microchip PICkit 3

You have two choices for using Tag-Connect Cables with PICkit:

  1. Use our standard cables TC2030-MCP or TC2030-MCP-NL with Microchips AC164110 adapter.
  2. Use our TC2030-PKT or TC2030-PKT-NL cables that plug dierctly into PICkit 3.

TC2030-MCP with Microchip AC164110 Adapter

Above shows the Microchip PICkitTM 3 and the Microchip AC164110 "RJ11 to ICSP" adapter. The adapter can be purchased here or from any Microchip distributor such as Mouser or Digikey http://www.microchipdirect.com/ProductSearch.aspx?keywords=AC164110

Actually, it's an RJ12 to ICSP adapter, RJ11 connectors only have four contacts whereas RJ12 have 6.

A WORD OF WARNING Microchip's AC164110 adapter ships with a short RJ12 cable (that you won't need if you are using Tag-Connect). In every case we've seen the Microchip supplied cable is severely undercrimped and WILL BEND AND DAMAGE the gold wire contacts in any jack or debugger that it is plugged into. The undercrimped cable will work just fine with the now damaged jack, but any correctly crimped cable that is subsequently plugged in (such as our TC2030-MCP cable) will operate at best intermmittently. PLEASE discard the Microchip RJ12 cable OR use a quality RJ12 crimp tool to ensure the crimps have been fully completed. We always recommend using a ratcheted crimp tool which will ensure that under-crimping of modular plugs is not possible.

 

ANOTHER WARNING The ICSP signals supplied by PICkit 3 do not have the same drive strength as Microchip's ICD 3 and REAL ICE debuggers. Unrealted to use (or not) of our cables, we recommend choosing the ICD 3 or similar over PICkit 3 in order to avoid noise related connection problems. We do not recommend our longer TC2030-MCP-10 and TC2030-MCP-NL-10 cables with PICkit 3.

Only use our TC2030-MCP or TC2030-MCP-NL with PICkit 3 and the AC164110 adapter.

You can purchase the "LEGGED" cable here:

TC2030-MCP 6-pin "Legged" Cable with RJ12 Modular Plug connecter (For Microchip ICD)

You can use our TC2030-CLIP board allong with our "NO-LEG" TC2030-MCP-NL cable.

TC2030-MCP-NL 6-pin "No-Legs" Cable with RJ12 Modular Plug connecter (For Microchip ICD)
TC2030-CLIP Retaining clip board for use with TC2030-NL family

 

TC2030-PKT and TC2030-PKT-NL Cables for use with PICkit 3

Our TC2030-PKT cable (with legs) or TC2030-PKT-NL cables are terminated with a 6-pin 0.1" pin strip that plugs directly into the PICkit 3.

You can purchase the "LEGGED" cable here:

TC2030-PKT 6-pin "Legged" Cable with connecter for Microchip PICkit 3

You can use our TC2030-CLIP board to hold the "No Legs" TC2030-MCP-NL cable in place for debugging.

TC2030-PKT-NL 6-pin "No-Legs" Cable with connecter for Microchip PICkit 3
TC2030-CLIP Retaining clip board for use with TC2030-NL family