ST-Link V3 SET Cable Selection & Installation

ST-Link V3 SETThe STLINK-V3SET is ST’s latest debugger/programmer for their STM8 and STM32 microcontroller families.

STLINK-V3 is modular in that it has a “Main module” Hardware board (MB1441) which, ST documentation suggests, offers higher performance using a 14-pin 0.05″ connector, but also comes with an optional mezzanine board (MB1440) which offers more connections (presumably with potentially lower performance) including: Traditional 20-pin 0.1″ ARM connector (JTAG20), a 4-pin SWIM header, a 6-pin SWD header, and other pin headers offering access to VCP, SPI, UART, I2C, CAN and GPIO connections.

Tag-Connect has a comprehensive set of solutions for use with ST-LINK/V3 and we can also offer Custom Cables to suit your needs.

NOTE: ST-LINK/V2 could supply the target with 3.3V via pin 19 of the 20-pin connector. STLINK-V3 can only supply the target with 5V power AND the 5V power appears to be connected to VCC of the target by default! You’ll may need to disconnect a jumper on one of the STLINK-V3SET boards to defeat this.

1. Full traditional JTAG using our TC2050-ARM2010 adapter TC2050-IDC 10-pin Plug-of-Nails(tm) cables. Compatible with all ARM processors. This solution offers a more robust / longer lasting ribbon cable but has the disadvantage of requiring the cumbersome mezzanine board.

2. SWD (Serial Wire Debug) interface using ARM20 connector with smaller footprint solution for Cortex processors using the ARM20-CTX and the TC2030-IDC cable.

Both solutions are similar in that they use a 20-pin to Tag-Connect adapter. However, the Full Traditional JTAG also allows you to optionally power the target from the debugger and provides access to all of the signals provided by the traditional 20-pin ARM 0.1″ connection whereas the SWD (Serial Wire Debug)solution only supplies access to the signals used by the SWD protocol.

3. SWD using the Cortex STDC14 connector and TC2030-CTX-STDC14 or TC2030-CTX-NL-STDC14 cable providing a 14-pin 0.05″ Cable that plugs to the bottom of the STLINK-V3 and has a 6-pin TC2030 (-NL) connector on the other end. This cable provides signals for SWD protocol. A disadvantage is the very fine pitch of the ribbon cable which is less robust and might not last as long as Solution 2 above. However, you don’t need the add-on board with these cables.
4. SWIM solution for STM8.
5. JTAG, SWD & UART using Cortex STDC14 to 14 Pin target board connector. TC2070-IDC-050 or TC2070-IDC-NL-050 14-pin cables providing a TC2070 14-pin connection to the PCB. The advantage to these cables is they provide all 14-pins including the UART. A disadvantage is the very fine ribbon cable which may not last as long as the other solutions.

Full Traditional JTAG using TC2050 and TC2050-ARM2010 adapter

Both solutions for the ST-LINK/V2 are similar in that it requires an adapter and a cable, so it is up to you which one you will go for depending on your PCB needs. Here is the first solution:

Connect the TC2050-ARM2010 to the ST-LINK/V2 and connect the TC2050-IDC cable to the adapter.

Both “legged” and “no-leg” cables come in the standard 6″ length.The TC2050-IDC-NL will require the TC2050-CLIP if you want a hands-free solution while debugging.

Check out the data sheets:

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
ARM20 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 0.1" Female
The TC2050-ARM2010 is a Tag-Connect adapter board allowing our TC2050-IDC cables to be used for ARM JTAG and ARM SWD (Serial Wire Debug) applications. Although intended for use with our patented TC2050-IDC Plug-of-Nails™ Cables, the adapter may be useful to people wishing to use 10-pin 0.1" ribbon headers on their PCB. Picture shows Segger JLINK, an TC2050-ARM2010 adpater pcb and a TC2050-IDC cable. Note: Adapter only supplied, debugger and cable not included!

Datasheet

TC2050-ARM2010 adapter for ARM JTAG & SWD1 x TC2050-ARM2010 ARM 20-pin to TC2050 Adapter
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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ARM20 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 0.1" Female
The TC2050-ARM2010 is a Tag-Connect adapter board allowing our TC2050-IDC cables to be used for ARM JTAG and ARM SWD (Serial Wire Debug) applications. Although intended for use with our patented TC2050-IDC Plug-of-Nails™ Cables, the adapter may be useful to people wishing to use 10-pin 0.1" ribbon headers on their PCB. Picture shows Segger JLINK, an TC2050-ARM2010 adpater pcb and a TC2050-IDC cable. Note: Adapter only supplied, debugger and cable not included!

Datasheet

TC2050-ARM2010 adapter for ARM JTAG & SWD1 x TC2050-ARM2010 ARM 20-pin to TC2050 Adapter
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

SWD using ARM20-CTX with 6 Pin connector on target board

*Debugger not included. Some easy assembly required.

Attach the ARM20-CTX to the ST-LINK/V2 debugger, then the TC2030-IDC cable to the ARM20-CTX adapter and you’re all set to go!

Both “legged” and “no-leg” cables come in the standard 6″ length. The TC2030-IDC-NL will require the TC2030-CLIP if you want a hands-free solution while debugging.

Check out the data sheets:

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
ARM20 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 0.1" Female
The Tag-Connect ARM20-CTX adapter board allows our TC2030-IDC cables to be used for ARM SWD (Single Wire Debug) applications. Although intended for use with our patented TC2030-IDC (and TC2030-IDC-NL) Plug-of-Nails™ Cables, the adapter may also be useful to people wishing to use 6-pin 0.1" ribbon headers on their PCB instead of the traditional 20-Pin header. Note: Adapter only supplied. The TC2030-IDC or TC2030-IDC-NL cable is purchased separately, the cables and Segger JLINK seen in the pictures are not included!

Datasheet

ARM Cortex adapter to 6 pin plug-of-nails for ARM SWD1 x ARM20-CTX 20-Pin to TC2030-IDC Adapter for Cortex
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
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ARM20 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 0.1" Female
The Tag-Connect ARM20-CTX adapter board allows our TC2030-IDC cables to be used for ARM SWD (Single Wire Debug) applications. Although intended for use with our patented TC2030-IDC (and TC2030-IDC-NL) Plug-of-Nails™ Cables, the adapter may also be useful to people wishing to use 6-pin 0.1" ribbon headers on their PCB instead of the traditional 20-Pin header. Note: Adapter only supplied. The TC2030-IDC or TC2030-IDC-NL cable is purchased separately, the cables and Segger JLINK seen in the pictures are not included!

Datasheet

ARM Cortex adapter to 6 pin plug-of-nails for ARM SWD1 x ARM20-CTX 20-Pin to TC2030-IDC Adapter for Cortex
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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SWD using the Cortex STDC14 connector with 6 Pin connector on target board

*Debugger not included. Some easy assembly required.

Check out the data sheets:

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Cortex ST-14 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 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
6-Pin "No legs" TC2030-NL Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable for use with STM32 processors with STLINK-V3 or STLINK-V3MINI that use the STDC14 connector. Note: This STDC14 cable was previously known as TC2030-CTX-NL-ST14. This special cable has a 6-pin TC2030 Tag-Connector and a 14-pin ribbon connector that mates with the STDC14 (FTSH-107) style micro-header found on the STLINK-V3 and STLINK-V3MINI providing the signals necessary for the SWD protocol on the STM32 MCU including SWO. See also the TC2030-CTX-STDC14 "Legged" version of the cable more suitable for development work. If you need all 14-pins connected to your target board see instead the TC2070-IDC-NL-050 cable. For traditional ARM JTAG solutions using the 20-pin 0.1" header as found on ST-LINK/V2 or the add-on Mezanine board in STLINK-V3SET see here.

Datasheet for similar product

 
TC2030 6-pin no-legs Plug-of-Nails™ to 14-pin 0.05" IDC for STM321 x TC2030-CTX-NL-STDC14 for use with STM32 processors with STLINK-V3 /STLINK-V3MINI
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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Cortex ST-14 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 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
6-Pin Legged TC2030 Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable for use with STM32 processors with STLINK-V3 and STLINK-V3MINI. Note: This STDC14 cable was previously known as TC2030-CTX-ST14. This special cable has a 6-pin TC2030 Tag-Connector and a 14-pin ribbon connector that mates with the STDC14 (FTSH-107) style micro-header found on the STLINK-V3 and STLINK-V3MINI providing the signals necessary for the SWD protocol on the STM32 MCU including SWO. See also the TC2030-CTX-NL-STDC14 "No Legs" version of the cable with footprint that saves over 66% of the board space needed by typical FTSH-107 style micro headers! If you need all 14-pins connected to your target board see instead the TC2070-IDC-050 cable. For traditional ARM JTAG solutions using the 20-pin 0.1" header as found on ST-LINK/V2 or the add-on Mezanine board in STLINK-V3SET see here.

Datasheet for similar product

TC2030 6-pin Plug-of-Nails™ to 14-pin 0.05" IDC for STM321 x TC2030-CTX-STDC14 for use with STM32 processors with STLINK-V3/STLINK-V3MINI
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SWIM solution for STM8 with 6 Pin connector on target board

*Debugger not included. Some easy assembly required.

Check out the data sheets:

Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
SWIM 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: 4 Pin SWIM/Molex 0.1"
This debug cable is a TC2030-MCP-NL modified to have a 4-pin connector that plugs to the SWIM connector on ST-LINK/V2 for STM8 MCUs. This is the no-legs version of the TC2030 Plug-of-Nails™ connector.
TC2030 Pin SWIM Signal
1 VDD
2 DATA
3 RESET
4 n/c
5 GND
6 n/c
 
TC2030-SWIM cable for use on ST-LINK/V2 for STM8 MCUs1 x TC2030-SWIM-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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SWIM to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
PCB End: 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 4 Pin SWIM/Molex 0.1"
This debug cable is a TC2030-MCP modified to have a 4-pin connector that plugs to the SWIM connector on ST-LINK/V2 for STM8 MCUs. This is the legged version of the TC2030 Plug-of-Nails™ connector.
TC2030 Pin SWIM Signal
1 VDD
2 DATA
3 RESET
4 n/c
5 GND
6 n/c
 
TC2030-SWIM cable for ST-LINK/V21 x TC2030-SWIM
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JTAG, SWD & UART using Cortex STDC14 to 14 Pin target board connector

*Debugger not included. Some easy assembly required.

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Solutions

PCB connectorDebug ConnectorItems (Click items for details)PriceQtyBuy
Cortex ST-14 to 14 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs14 pin target connector
PCB End: 14 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ No LegsDebug End: 14 Pin IDC 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
14-pin Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable - No Legs Version Fitted with 14-pin (2x7) 0.05" female ribbon cable connector. For TC2070 footprint specifications, please download the similar TC2070-IDC-NL Datasheet below (pdf) See also TC2070-IDC-050 (legged) version. Note that for many applications where 14-pin connectors are natively used by a debugger (such as MSP430, TI and ADI DSP's, Renesas MCU's etc) we offer some excellent alternative solutions that in many cases can reduce the footprint size on your PCB to 6 or 10-pins as well as reducing the price per cable.

Datasheet (for footprint information only)

TC2070-IDC-NL-050 14 pin programming cable - no legs1 x TC2070-IDC-NL-050
GRIP-14 is used to hold a TC2070 -NL cable to the PCB. The GRIP presses onto the three alignment pins from underneath the PCB and grips tightly. It is non-conductive. This is one pack, three in a pack.
grip-14 test & programming connector retainer - 3 pack1 x GRIP-14 3-Pack
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Cortex ST-14 to 14 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged14 pin target connector
PCB End: 14 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ LeggedDebug End: 14 Pin IDC 0.05" Female (Mates with FTSH)
14-pin Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable - With Legs Version Fitted with 14-pin (2x7) 0.05" ribbon cable connector. For TC2070 footprint specifications, please download the similar TC2070-IDC Datasheet below (pdf) See also TC2070-IDC-NL-050 (no-legs) version. Note that for many applications where 14-pin connectors are natively used by a debugger (such as MSP430, TI and ADI DSP's, Renesas MCU's etc) we offer some excellent alternative solutions that in many cases can reduce the footprint size on your PCB to 6 or 10-pins as well as reducing the price per cable.

Datasheet (for footprint information only)

TC2070-IDC-050 14 pin programming cable with legs1 x TC2070-IDC-050
Price: $49.95 Qty: Buy