Revolutionary JTAG / Programming Connector Plugs Directly to the PCB, “No-Header, No-Brainer!!”. Now Also Supporting Xilinx and Altera Device Configuration!

Tag-Connect’s In-Circuit Programming and Debug Cables connect directly to a tiny PCB footprint of pads and holes, eliminating most of the space and all of the cost of a traditional programming header on every board.

San Bruno, CA Tag-Connect, LLC. January 18th 2010

Tag-Connect today added support for Xilinx and Altera FPGA and CPLD device configuration using their TC2050-IDC range of Plug-of-NailsTM In-circuit cables.

Tag-Connect’s “Plug-of-Nails” cables utilize a clever arrangement of high-reliability spring-pins, locating pins and feet that snap securely into the PCB and eliminates the need for the bulky connectors traditionally required for in-circuit programming.

“No-Header is No-Brainer!” said Neil Sherman, president of Tag-Connect. “Why waste a ton of board space and volume on a honking-big programming connector that is typically used only once?”

The new 10-pin TC2050-IDC cable extends the families of devices supported by the Plug-of-Nails™ cables to include ARM Cortex M3, TI’s MSP430 family (including Spy-Bi-Wire), Renesas H8, Atmel, Zilog, and most other MCU’s, CPLD’s and programmable logic devices.

Support for Xilinx devices is achieved by means of a tiny adaptor board (TC2050-XLNX) that allows the TC2050-IDC cable to plug into the Xilinx Platform Cable USB II configuration tool.

The patent-pending Plug-of-Nails™ spring-pin cables are available in both “legged” and “no-legs” versions. The “legged” versions have plastic retaining feet that snap into holes in the PCB and securely hold the connector in place during a prolonged programming or debugging session. A quick squeeze releases the connector. The “no legs” versions are designed to be hand-held during a quick programming operation and have extremely small footprints.

The TC2030-MCP 6-pin cables are natively compatible with most Microchip PIC® and dsPIC® debuggers and programmers (such as REAL-ICE™ and ICD3™) and a range of adaptor boards makes them suitable for use with MSP430 SPY-BI-WIRE, Atmel AVR, 2-wire JTAG and many others.

The Tag-Connect “legless” PCB footprint can be as tiny as 0.02 square inches, not much bigger than an 0805 surface-mount resistor, making it perfect for space-constrained designs.

Tag-Connect’s Plug-of-NailsTM connectors have spring-pins rated for over 100,000 operations making them ideal for use in production and development environments.

Tag-Connect is a trusted Microchip Premier 3rd Party Tools Supplier.

Tag-Connect, LLC
+1 877-244-4156

Contact Information

Tag-Connect, LLC

433 Airport Blvd, Suite 425
Burlingame, CA, 94010

tele: 1 877 244 4156
fax: 877-244-4156

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