Tag-Connect™ Solutions for MSP430 MCUs

Please see below for a list of Tag-Connect™ small footprint debugging/programming cable solutions for MPS430 MCUs. Solutions may be available for different sized target board connectors, different debugging/programming protocols or different debuggers.  Solutions are also available for either “legged” or “no legs” versions of the plug-of-nails™ target board connectors. Use the debugger links to see further information on these options as applicable to particular debuggers.

Available solutions:

14 Pin solutions with 6 Pin target connector

14 Pin to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ – No Legs
Debugger mating connector: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
The “SPY‐BI‐TAG” TC2030‐MCP to SPY‐BI‐WIRE adapter board which allows use of our Tag‐Connect TC2030‐MCP series Plug‐of‐Nails™ cables with later versions of TI’s MSP430 MCU that support the SPY‐BI‐WIRE (2‐Wire) JTAG interface. TI MSP‐FETU430 shown in one of the images with SPY‐BI‐TAG adapter board and TC2030‐MCP‐NL (no legs) cable – also works with TC2030‐MCP legged version cable. When your board real‐estate is at a premium, Tag‐Connect is the way to go! The SPY-BI-TAG adapter can be fitted with the 330 Ohm fuse-blow protection resistor. The best (and safest) place for this resistor is on the adapter board, but some people (because they copy the confusing eval board schematics) put the 330 Ohm resistor on the target PCB. The resistor MUST be fitted either on the SPY-BI-TAG board, or on the target board but NOT both. You can order this adapter with or without the 330 Ohm 0805 resistor fitted. Please select required option when ordering. Note: Adapter only, MPS430, cable and evaluation board not included!

Datasheet

SPY-BI-TAG adapter for MPS430 MCU spy-bi-wire JTAG1 x SPY‐BI‐TAG: MSP430 SPY‐BI‐WIRE to TC2030‐MCP Adapter Board
Option: Fuse Blow Protection Resistor (330 Ohm)

TC2030‐MCP to SPY‐BI‐WIRE adapter board which allows use of our Tag‐Connect TC2030‐MCP series Plug‐of‐Nails™ cables with later versions of TI’s MSP430 MCU that support the SPY‐BI‐WIRE (2‐Wire) JTAG interface.

HELP
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)
Price: $65.45 Qty: Buy
14 Pin to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ – With Legs
Debugger mating connector: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
The “SPY‐BI‐TAG” TC2030‐MCP to SPY‐BI‐WIRE adapter board which allows use of our Tag‐Connect TC2030‐MCP series Plug‐of‐Nails™ cables with later versions of TI’s MSP430 MCU that support the SPY‐BI‐WIRE (2‐Wire) JTAG interface. TI MSP‐FETU430 shown in one of the images with SPY‐BI‐TAG adapter board and TC2030‐MCP‐NL (no legs) cable – also works with TC2030‐MCP legged version cable. When your board real‐estate is at a premium, Tag‐Connect is the way to go! The SPY-BI-TAG adapter can be fitted with the 330 Ohm fuse-blow protection resistor. The best (and safest) place for this resistor is on the adapter board, but some people (because they copy the confusing eval board schematics) put the 330 Ohm resistor on the target PCB. The resistor MUST be fitted either on the SPY-BI-TAG board, or on the target board but NOT both. You can order this adapter with or without the 330 Ohm 0805 resistor fitted. Please select required option when ordering. Note: Adapter only, MPS430, cable and evaluation board not included!

Datasheet

SPY-BI-TAG adapter for MPS430 MCU spy-bi-wire JTAG1 x SPY‐BI‐TAG: MSP430 SPY‐BI‐WIRE to TC2030‐MCP Adapter Board
Option: Fuse Blow Protection Resistor (330 Ohm)

TC2030‐MCP to SPY‐BI‐WIRE adapter board which allows use of our Tag‐Connect TC2030‐MCP series Plug‐of‐Nails™ cables with later versions of TI’s MSP430 MCU that support the SPY‐BI‐WIRE (2‐Wire) JTAG interface.

HELP
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)
Price: $65.45 Qty: Buy

14 Pin solutions with 10 Pin target connector

14 Pin to 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ – No Legs
Debugger mating connector: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs10 pin target connector
Tag-Connect's TC2050-IDC-430-NL programming cable is a special version of the TC2050-IDC-NL Plug-of-Nails™ cable designed to be plugged directly into TI's MSP-FET430 and is compatible with all MSP430 MCU's. The cable is fitted with a spring-pin Tag-Connector that conveniently plugs directly into your PCB and terminates in a 14-pin 0.1" ribbon connector that plugs directly into the FET430.
  • The cable is fitted with a spring-pin Tag-Connector.
  • Plugs straight to your PCB - No mating connector or header required!
  • Requires only a tiny 0.03 square inch footprint of pads and locating holes in your PCB.
  • Footprint MUCH smaller than the standard 14-pin ribbon header.
  • Zero Cost Per Board!
  • High-Reliability Spring-Pins make a Secure Connection and are rated for over 100,000 operations.
  • Footprint has no height and reduces the size and space requirements of your PCB.
  • 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 'No Legs' footprint takes 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. If required, use the TC2050-CLIP board to secure the TC2050-IDC-430-NL connector to the PCB. The 'No Legs' Tag-Connector is also compatible with the 'Legged' footprint, meaning you can conveniently debug with the self-retaining TC2050-IDC-430 and use TC2050-IDC-430-NL for a quick hand-held programming operation as may be typical during production. This 10-conductor cable has a TC2050 Tag-Connector on one end and a standard 14-pin ribbon connector on the other and is wired specifically for the TI MSP-FET430 debugger (and compatible MSP430 debuggers). It is compatible with all MSP430 MCU's. If your MSP430 device supports SPY-BI-WIRE, also take a look at the SPY-BI-TAG adaptor with the even smaller footprint (0.02 square inches) TC2030-MCP-NL 6-pin cables. This is the perfect solution where board space is premium! Also available in self-retaining 'legged' version TC2050-IDC-430.

Datasheets

TC2050-IDC-430-NL cable with 10 pin no-legs plug-of-nails and 14 pin IDC for MSP430 debug1 x TC2050-IDC-NL-430 No Leg Cable for use with MSP430 / FET430
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
Include this item
Price: $61.00 Qty: Buy
14 Pin to 10 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ – With Legs
Debugger mating connector: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged10 pin target connector
Tag-Connect's TC2050-IDC-430 programming cable is a special version of the TC2050-IDC Plug-of-Nails™ cable designed to be plugged directly into TI's MSP-FET430 and is compatible with all MSP430 MCU's.
  • The cable is fitted with a spring-pin Tag-Connector that conveniently plugs directly into your PCB and terminates in a 14-pin 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.
  • Footprint MUCH smaller than the standard 14-pin ribbon header.
  • Zero Cost Per Board!
  • High-Reliability Spring-Pins make a Secure Connection and are rated for over 100,000 operations.
  • Footprint has no height and reduces the size and space requirements of your PCB.
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 14-pin ribbon connector on the other and is wired specifically for the TI MSP-FET430 debugger (and compatible MSP430 debuggers). It is compatible with all MSP430 MCU's. See also TC2050-IDC-NL-430 (no-legs version) with a tiny 0.03" footprint. Also, if your MSP430 device supports SPY-BI-WIRE, take a look at the SPY-BI-TAG adaptor with the even smaller footprint TC2030-MCP 6-pin cables.

Datasheet

 
TC2050-IDC-430 cable with 10 pin plug-of-nails and 14 pin IDC for MSP430 debug1 x TC2050-IDC-430 Legged Cable for use with MSP430 / FET430
Price: $43.00 Qty: Buy

14 Pin solutions with 14 Pin target connector

14 Pin to 14 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ – No Legs
Debugger mating connector: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs14 pin target connector
14-pin Plug-of-Nails™ programming/debug cable - No Legs Version Fitted with 14-pin (2x7) 0.1" spaced ribbon cable connector. Approx 8" (200mm) of ribbon cable between connectors.

Datasheet

See also TC2070-IDC (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.
TC2070 14-pin Plug-of-Nails™ to 14-pin IDC1 x TC2070-IDC-NL
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
Price: $59.95 Qty: Buy
14 Pin to 14 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ – With Legs
Debugger mating connector: 14 Pin IDC 0.1" Female
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged14 pin target connector
14-pin Plug-of-Nails™ programming cable - With Legs Version Fitted with 14-pin (2x7) 0.1" spaced ribbon cable connector. Approx 8" (200mm) of ribbon cable between connectors. 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

See also TC2070-IDC-NL (no-legs) version.
TC2070 plug-of-nails test connector with 14 pin IDC connector1 x TC2070-IDC
Price: $49.95 Qty: Buy