Tag-Connect™ Solutions for Microchip PIC/dsPIC devices

Please see below for a list of Tag-Connect™ small footprint debugging/programming cable solutions for Microchip PIC/dsPIC devices. 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:

RJ12 solutions with 6 Pin target connector

RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs (10" cable)
Debugger mating connector: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
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. 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 test programming connector retainer1 x TC2030-CLIP Retaining CLIP board for TC2030-NL cables
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RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs (6" cable)
Debugger mating connector: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
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. 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 test programming connector retainer1 x TC2030-CLIP Retaining CLIP board for TC2030-NL cables
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RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs (10" cable)
Debugger mating connector: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
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
RJ12 to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs (6" cable)
Debugger mating connector: 6 Pin RJ11/RJ12
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
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: $35.95 Qty: Buy

PICkit solutions with 6 Pin target connector

PICkit to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - No Legs
Debugger mating connector: 6 Pin 0.1" SIP strip Male
Plug-of-Nails™ No Legs6 pin target connector
Tag-Connect TC2030-PKT-NL 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-PKT-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-PKT-NL (no legs) cable is also compatible with the TC2030 legged footprint allowing use of the TC2030-PKT legged cable for development work and TC2030-PKT-NL for fast programming in production. The TC2030-PKT-NL is also suited to use for debugging and development when secured into position using a TC2030-CLIP board. See 'Using the TC2030-MCP-NL for debugging' on the User Information page for details. Where a sustained connection to the PCB is required, also consider the TC2030-PKT. Ideal for both debugging and production programming, the 6 pin plug-of-nails™ cable terminates in a 6 pin 0.1" male SIP strip.
TC2030-PKT-NL plug-of-nail test cable for Microchip PICkit 31 x TC2030-PKT-NL 6-Pin No-Legs Cable for Microchip PICkit 3
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. 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 test programming connector retainer1 x TC2030-CLIP Retaining CLIP board for TC2030-NL cables
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PICkit to 6 Pin Plug-of-Nails™ - With Legs
Debugger mating connector: 6 Pin 0.1" SIP strip Male
Plug-of-Nails™ Legged6 pin target connector
Tag-Connect TC2030-PKT programming/debugging cable is primarily intended for use in development environments but 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-PKT 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-PKT-NL for applications where an even smaller footprint is required. Ideal for both debugging and production programming, the 6 pin plug-of-nails™ cable terminates in a 6 pin 0.1" male SIP strip.
TC2030-PKT programming and debugging cable for Microchip PicKit31 x TC2030-PKT 6-Pin Cable with legs for use with Microchip PICkit 3
Price: $43.00 Qty: Buy