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Tag-Connect™ Solutions for Debuggers & Programmers

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Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 Cable Selection & Installation

Renesas E1 with Tag-Connect adapter and cables

E1 with Tag-Connect™  adapter & cables

Renesas E2 Emulator Debugger

E2 Emulator debugger

Renesas E2 Lite Emulator Debugger

E2 Lite Emulator debugger

Renesas E8a Emulator Debugger

E8a Emulator debugger

Renesas E20 Emulator Debugger

E20 Emulator debugger

The Renesas E1, E2, E2 Lite, E8a and E20 debuggers/programmers/emulators all offer a 14-pin 0.1″ header for connecting to the target board, either directly (E1, E2 Lite, E8a) or via an adapter included with the emulator (E2, E20). In addition the E2 and E2 Lite also have a standard Cortex 20-pin 0.05″ header to connect the test cable to.

Tag-Connect – Save Cost and Space on Every Board!

Tag-Connect™ offer target board connection solutions using either the 14-pin or 20-pin headers. These Tag-Connect solutions use a tiny target board footprint compared with the standard Renesas target board cables with zero cost per target board due to the patented Plug-of-Nails™ testing/programming connector.

  1. 6-pin target from 14-pin emulator connector
  2. 10-pin target from 14-pin emulator connector
  3. 6-pin target from 20-pin emulator connector
  4. 10-pin target from 20-pin emulator connector

6-pin or 10-pin target connector?

The 6-pin target connector is typically used for SWD protocol and the 10-pin for JTAG/FINE but Renesas debuggers assign different pins of the 14-pin debugger connector for communication, depending on the MCU family being programmed. You will need to check that the appropriate pins are connected through to your target board. The TC-Renesas adapter has jumper links for configuration of some of the signals connected to the target board and for grounding some signals, as required by the debugger. See the TC-Renesas data sheet below for full details of the configuration options. The following tables shows the target board pin connection for 6 or 10 pin target connectors and 14 or 20 pin emulator connectors.

TC2030 Target pin Emulator (E) pin
6-pin target board connections when using 14-pin Renesas Emulator connector
1 E13
2 E8 (Vcc)
3 E10/E11*
4 E2 (Vss)
5 E5/E14*
6 E7

* Selected by jumper on TC-Renesas adapter

TC2050 Target pin Emulator (E) pin
10-pin target board connections when using 14-pin Renesas Emulator connector
1 E1/E6
2 E3
3 E4
4 E2 (Vss)
5 E5/E14*
6 E7
7 E8 (Vcc)
8 E9
9 E10/E11
10 E13

* Selected by jumper on TC-Renesas adapter

TC2030 Target pin Emulator (E) pin
6-pin target board connections when using 20-pin Renesas Emulator connector
1 E1 Vcc
2 E2 SWDIO/TMS
3 E10 nRESET
4 E4 SWCLK/TCK/MD
5 E5 GND + E9 GNDDetect
6 E6 SWO/TDO
TC2050 Target pin Emulator (E) pin
10-pin target board connections when using 20-pin Renesas Emulator connector
1 E1 Vcc
2 E2 SWDIO/TMS
3 E3 GND
4 E4 SWCLK/TCK/MD
5 E5 GND
6 E6 SWO/TDO/TxD9
7 E7 NC
8 E8 TDI/RxD9
9 E9 UCON/GNDDetect
10 E10 RES

14-pin or 20-pin emulator connector (E2/E2 Lite)?

On the E2/E2 Lite you have a choice of using the 20-pin Cortex connector or using the 14-pin connector (via an adapter included with the emulator on the E2). Using the 20-pin connector gives a much simpler solution but offers a less robust solution as it uses the fine pitched 0.05″ ribbon cables which may not last as long as the solutions based on the 14-pin connector which use the more robust 0.1″ ribbon cables. However, the solutions using the 14-pin connector require the TC-Renesas adapter and, in the case of the E2, the Renesas 20-pin to 14-pin adapter supplied with the E2 emulator.

When using the 14-pin emulator connector you will need to configure the connections on the TC-Renesas adapter. See the data sheet below for full details of configuration options.

TC-Renesas Adapter Configuration (when using 14-pin emulator connector)

For all solutions that use the 14-pin emulator connector, the TC-Renesas adapter will need configuring for the particular MCU family you are working with. Some of the jumper links on the adapter select which pins are connected through to the target board and some allow grounding of certain pins. Renesas chose to use a different set of pins for each device family, they no doubt had their reasons… Instructions on how to select the jumper settings are given in the TC-Renesas datasheetContact Us if you need help!

Example cable installation on the E1

There are a couple of solutions when using the 14-pin emulator connection. In conjunction with our TC-Renesas adapter, TC2030-IDC 6-pin or the TC2050-IDC 10-pin cables depending on your needs. Which you need will depend on the specific MCU you are using. See pin connection tables above.

There are eight jumpers on the TC-Renesas adapter that you will need to set correctly to suit the family of MCU you are using and these will determine the signals routed to the PCB Tag-Connect footprint. Instructions on how to select the jumper settings are given in the TC-Renesas datasheetContact Us if you need help!

Renesas E1 with adapter

Plug in a TC2030-IDC or TC2050-IDC cable, depending on your MCU.

Renesas E1 with 6 pin TC2030-IDC

Above is the configuration for the TC2030-IDC. Below is the setup for the TC2050-IDC.

Renesas E1 with 10 pin TC2050 IDC

Connect it to your target PCB and start debugging!

Both cables come in “legged” and “no-leg” versions, as well as the option of our standard 6″ cable or 10″ versions.

For hands-free debugging, the TC20x0-IDC-NL will require the TC-2030/TC2050-CLIP depending on the cable.

Data sheets

Note: TC2030-CTX data sheet is for reference only. Its 10-pin connector represents pins 1 to 10 of the TC2030-CTX-20.

1. 6-pin target from 14-pin emulator connector

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 14-pin) 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: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
The TC-RENESAS Adapter allows TC2030-IDC 6-pin or TC2050-IDC 10-pin Plug-of-Nails™ Cables to be used with Renesas E1, E2, E2 Lite, E8a or E20 Emulators/Debuggers (and any other Renesas emulators/debuggers providing the standard 14 pin connector). The adapter can be used with all Renesas MCU's compatible with these emulators/debuggers. See datasheet below for full details of the adapter configuration options for the Renesas debuggers and devices. Further information is available on our Renesas emulator cable selection page. Note: Adapter only supplied. Debugger image for illustration only.

Datasheet

TC-RENESAS adapter for Renesas E1 and E8 debuggers for use with plug-of-nails bales with small PCB footprint1 x TC-RENESAS Adapter for Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 Emulators/Debuggers
The TC2030-IDC-NL is our "No Legs" 6-pin Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable fitted with a 6-pin 0.1" pitch ribbon connector. With its tiny 0.02 sq inch footprint the TC2030 Tag-Connector has a footprint using about the same PCB space as an 0805 resistor. The "No Legs" versions of our cables are designed to be held in place by hand for a fast programming operation or can be temporarily retained in place for debugging when used with our TC2030-CLIP boards. See TC2030-IDC for the "Legged" version which has four additional feet which hold it securely in place on the PCB for debugging or programming use. Popular applications include programming Atmel AVR, many Renesas MCU's (when used with our TC-Renesas E1 / E8a adapter) and Zilog. Also great for bringing our SPI / IIC / RS232 and test signal access. Also available in 10"/254mm lengths (TC2030-IDC-NL-10). Contact us for 36" length versions of these cables.

Datasheet

TC2030-IDC-NL 6-pin plug-of-nails to IDC debug/programming cable with small PCB footprint1 x TC2030-IDC-NL
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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Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 14-pin) to 6-Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
The TC-RENESAS Adapter allows TC2030-IDC 6-pin or TC2050-IDC 10-pin Plug-of-Nails™ Cables to be used with Renesas E1, E2, E2 Lite, E8a or E20 Emulators/Debuggers (and any other Renesas emulators/debuggers providing the standard 14 pin connector). The adapter can be used with all Renesas MCU's compatible with these emulators/debuggers. See datasheet below for full details of the adapter configuration options for the Renesas debuggers and devices. Further information is available on our Renesas emulator cable selection page. Note: Adapter only supplied. Debugger image for illustration only.

Datasheet

TC-RENESAS adapter for Renesas E1 and E8 debuggers for use with plug-of-nails bales with small PCB footprint1 x TC-RENESAS Adapter for Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 Emulators/Debuggers
The TC2030-IDC is our "Legged" 6-pin Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable fitted with a 6-pin 0.1" pitch ribbon connector. The "Legged" or "With Legs" versions of our cables snap directly into a tiny footprint of holes and pads in your PCB. By eliminating the need for a mating header component, you not only save PCB space but also cost on every board! See TC2030-IDC-NL for the "No Legs" version which has an even smaller footprint of about the size of an 0805 SMT resistor. Popular applications include programming Atmel AVR, many Renesas MCU's (when used with our TC-Renesas E1 / E8a adapter) and Zilog. Also great for bringing our SPI / IIC / RS232 and test signal access. Also available in 10" lengths (TC2030-IDC-10). Contact us for 36" length versions of these cables.

Datasheet

TC2030-IDC 6-pin plug-of-nails to IDC programming/debug cable with small pcb footprint1 x TC2030-IDC 6-Pin Tag-Connect Plug-of-Nails™ Spring-Pin Cable with Legs
Price: $63.90 Qty: Buy

2. 10-pin target from 14-pin emulator connector

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 14-pin) to 10-Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs10 pin target connector
PCB End: 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ No LegsDebug End: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
The TC-RENESAS Adapter allows TC2030-IDC 6-pin or TC2050-IDC 10-pin Plug-of-Nails™ Cables to be used with Renesas E1, E2, E2 Lite, E8a or E20 Emulators/Debuggers (and any other Renesas emulators/debuggers providing the standard 14 pin connector). The adapter can be used with all Renesas MCU's compatible with these emulators/debuggers. See datasheet below for full details of the adapter configuration options for the Renesas debuggers and devices. Further information is available on our Renesas emulator cable selection page. Note: Adapter only supplied. Debugger image for illustration only.

Datasheet

TC-RENESAS adapter for Renesas E1 and E8 debuggers for use with plug-of-nails bales with small PCB footprint1 x TC-RENESAS Adapter for Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 Emulators/Debuggers
Tag-Connect's TC2050-IDC "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.
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: $68.95 Qty: Buy
Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 14-pin) 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: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
The TC-RENESAS Adapter allows TC2030-IDC 6-pin or TC2050-IDC 10-pin Plug-of-Nails™ Cables to be used with Renesas E1, E2, E2 Lite, E8a or E20 Emulators/Debuggers (and any other Renesas emulators/debuggers providing the standard 14 pin connector). The adapter can be used with all Renesas MCU's compatible with these emulators/debuggers. See datasheet below for full details of the adapter configuration options for the Renesas debuggers and devices. Further information is available on our Renesas emulator cable selection page. Note: Adapter only supplied. Debugger image for illustration only.

Datasheet

TC-RENESAS adapter for Renesas E1 and E8 debuggers for use with plug-of-nails bales with small PCB footprint1 x TC-RENESAS Adapter for Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 Emulators/Debuggers
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. Supplied as pack of 3. 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-3PACK retainer for TC2050 connectors1 x TC2050-CLIP-3PACK Retaining CLIP board for TC2050-NL cables - 3 Pack
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3. 6-pin target from 20-pin emulator connector

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 20-pin) 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: 20 Pin IDC 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
This Cortex programming cable is the same as the TC2030-CTX-NL cable except it has a 0.05" (1.27mm) pitch 20-pin connector compatible with i-Jet and ULINK pro. This won't fit the traditional 20-pin 0.1" connector such as found on the standard J-Link debuggers). The cable itself has a ten pin ribbon cable and 6-pin TC2030-NL "No legs" Tag-Connect small footprint supporting ARM Cortex MCU's. Note: Cable only supplied, IAR's I-JET and demo board not included!

Datasheet for TC2030-CTX (different connector)

ARM Cortex TC2030-CTX-20-NL cable with 20 pin 0.05" IDC and 6 pin plug-of-nails small footprint no-legs connector1 x TC2030-CTX-20-NL 6-pin "No Legs" Cable with 20-pin Cortex connector for IAR's I-Jet or Keil's ULINKpro
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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Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 20-pin) to 6-Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 20 Pin IDC 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
This Cortex programming cable is the same as the TC2030-CTX cable except it has a 0.05" (1.27mm) pitch 20-pin connector compatible with i-Jet and ULINK pro. This won't fit the traditional 20-pin 0.1" connector such as found on the standard J-Link debuggers). The cable itself has a ten pin ribbon cable and 6-pin TC2030 Tag-Connect footprint supporting ARM Cortex MCU's. Note: Cable only supplied, IAR's I-JET and demo board not included!

Datasheet for TC2030-CTX (different connector)

ARM Cortex TC2030-CTX-20 cable with 20 pin 0.05" IDC and 6 pin plug-of-nails small footprint connector1 x TC2030-CTX-20 6-pin Cable for ARM Cortex using IAR's I-Jet or Keil's ULINK PRO
Price: $44.95 Qty: Buy

4. 10-pin target from 20-pin emulator connector

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 20-pin) to 10-Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged10 pin target connector
PCB End: 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 20 Pin IDC 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
The TC2050-IDC-050-ALL-20 programming cable has an 0.050" pitch ribbon connector suitable for ULINK2 and similar debuggers that use the Samtec FTSH-110-01 style micro-header. The pin connections are 1-1 and pins 1-10 are connected, pins 11-20 are not connected in the cable. Please refer to TC2050-IDC datasheet for the PCB footprint information.

Datasheet (Footprint information only)

TC2050-IDC-050-ALL-020 20-pin IDC to 10-pin plug-of-nails cable1 x TC2050-IDC-050-ALL-20
Price: $59.95 Qty: Buy
Renesas E1/E2/E2 Lite/E8a/E20 (via 20-pin) 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: 20 Pin IDC 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
The TC2050-IDC-NL-050-ALL-20 programming cable has an 0.050" pitch ribbon connector suitable for ULINK2 and similar debuggers that use the Samtec FTSH-110-01 style micro-header. This uses the "No Legs" version of the TC2050 connector, ideally suited to production where short board connection times are required but also suitable for development. The pin connections are 1-1 and pins 1-10 are connected, pins 11-20 are not connected in the cable. Please refer to TC2050-IDC-NL datasheet for the PCB footprint information.

Datasheet (Footprint information only)

TC2050-IDC-NL-050-ALL-020 20-pin IDC to 10-pin plug-of-nails no-legs cable1 x TC2050-IDC-NL-050-ALL-20
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. Supplied as pack of 3. 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-3PACK retainer for TC2050 connectors1 x TC2050-CLIP-3PACK Retaining CLIP board for TC2050-NL cables - 3 Pack
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