Tag-Connect’s Plug-of-Nails™ JTAG Cable Range Extended to include 6-pin Spring-Pin Cables fitted with Standard Ribbon Connectors; A new Mini-HDMI cable supports Altium’s Cross-Platform USB JTAG Adaptor. “No-Header, No-Brainer!!”.

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

San Bruno, CA Tag-Connect, LLC. May 13th 2011

Tag-Connect today announced availability of their new TC2030-IDC 6-pin Plug-of-Nails™ cables which add support for several families of MCU’s using 6-pin IDC ribbon cable connectors including AVR and Zilog. These cables complement the established TC2030-MCP cables which come fitted with a modular plug suitable for Microchip PIC and dsPIC debuggers such as ICD3™ and REAL-ICE™.

Selected as a Finalist in the Design News Best New Products of 2011 Golden Mousetrap Awards, 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 thus eliminate the need for bulky and costly connectors traditionally required for in-circuit programming.

“No-Header, No-Brainer!” is the Tag-Connect motto. “Why waste a ton of board space and volume on a honking-big programming connector that is typically used only once?”. You simply can’t get Greener or Lower Cost than a Connector that isn’t there!

The new 10-pin TC2050-MiniHDMI cable supports Altium’s new Cross-Platform USB JTAG Adaptor which (similar to the TC2050 10-pin cables) supports ARM, Xilinx / Altera / Lattice and Cypress FPGA / CPLD configuration and most popular MCU’s, CPLD’s and programmable logic devices.

The patented 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” cable versions are designed to be hand-held during a quick programming operation and have extremely small footprints the smallest of which uses roughly the same board space as an 0805 resistor making them perfect for space-constrained designs. If necessary the “no legs” cables can be attached to the PCB via a special tiny Retaining Clip Board.

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

As PCB’s shrink and device pin-densities increase, board designers are increasingly forced to have to consider how to make available critical test signals. An increasingly common application for Plug-of-Nails™ Cables is to provide easy and reliable test access to signals on space-constrained PCB’s. For instance, a tiny 0.02 square inch Tag-Connect footprint can be added to monitor SPI or IIC (I2C) protocols, allowing zero connector cost signal access for hookup to protocol analyzers or logic analyzers or other test equipment.

A growing range of Tag-Connect cables and adaptors now covers most families of programmable and JTAG configurable devices.

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

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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