MSTAP decoder test and connection boards
   and MXTAP

ZIMO MSTAPK ZIMO MSTAPG

The ZIMO decoder test and connection boards MSTAPx or MXTAPx are mostly used together with the decoder update and sound loading device MXULFA, but also with ZIMO command stations (MX10 or older ZIMO digital systems) or with third-party systems. They serve as a docking station for decoders - whether with interfaces or wires - to connect them to a DCC command station or the ZIMO MXULFA. In this way, decoders can be tested for their functions or their software can be updated, and a sound project can be loaded. All components of a model vehicle (see below) are available for testing.

Basic features

  • TCarrier of the (onboard) mating connectors for interfaces available with ZIMO decoders, i.e. PluX12, -16, -22, Next-18, 21MTC, NEM651, NEM652 (all NMRA or VHDM standardised), as well as the ZIMO-proprietary (partly ESU-like) large-scale railway interfaces of MX696, MX697, MX699, MS950, MS955, MS990... (in each case the versions with pin headers).

    There are different versions of the MSTAPx or MXTAPx boards (see below), which differ mainly in the choice of available interfaces (for small or large decoders, or both).

  • Connection to MXULFA or to ZIMO command stations, or other digital command stations, for supply with "digital power" via the double terminal "rail" ("Schiene") and, if necessary, via SUSI plug and SUSI cable (for fast sound loading).
  • For testing the decoders, the typical consumers of model vehicles are available on the MSTAPx and MXTAPx boards:
    DC motor, 1 (MSTAPK) or 2 (MSTAPG, for "stereo" decoders) speakers of 1 watt each, connections for alternative motors and speakers,
    up to 20 LEDs for function outputs, fan outputs, servo control lines and push-buttons for testing inputs.
NOTE: The ZIMO test and connection boards can also be used to test decoders from other manufacturers.
                  Software updates and sound loading with MXULFA, however, is only possible with ZIMO decoders.

MSTAP vs MXTAP

The MXTAPx boards were developed together with the MX decoders, the MSTAPx boards, on the contrary, in connection with the MS sound decoders (also for MN non-sound decoders), in order to fully support their possibilities (therefore e.g. two loudspeakers for large-scale railway decoders, interfaces for the new gauge-0 decoders, PluX-26 decoders and many more).

MSTAPx and MXTAPx are nevertheless similar in many respects. The new MSTAPx test and connection boards are practically universal and can be used for both MS and almost all "small" MX decoders (except MX634C/D, MX644C/D). Only MX large scale decoders are not compatible!
One difference between MSTAPx and MXTAPx is the 21MTC interface. For MSTAP, it was adapted to the VHDM standard (Railcommunity) adopted in 2016, which has partially changed the pin assignment: However, this only affects function outputs as from FA5 (leads to incorrect or missing LED display). For a fully functioning MX634C/D or MX644C/D you therefore need a MXTAPx; for a MS440C/D or upcoming, small MS and MN decoders you need a MSTAPK.
The product division between MSTAPx and MXTAPx is also different: For the MX world there has been a version for all interfaces with MXTAPV, while in the MS and MN world there are separate test and connection boards for small (K) and large (G) decoders with MSTAPK and MSTAPG.

Models/Versions

ZIMO MSTAPK
ZIMO MSTAPG
ZIMO MXTAPS
ZIMO MXTAPV
MSTAPK
MSTAPG
MXTAPS
MXTAPV

Test and connection board for "small" decoders

  • from subminiature decoder to PluX decoder for gauges N, TT, H0, 0, etc.
  • suitable for MX-decoder as well as for all MS- and MN-types
  • equipped with decoder interfaces PluX12, -16, -22, Next-18, 21MTC, NEM651, NEM652, as well as terminal block for connecting wired decoders

Note: In the case of decoders with 21MTC interfaces of the MX generation, the LEDs for the function outputs from FA5 onwards may display incorrectly.

Test and connection board for MS large scale sound decoders

     (and for potentially future MN non-sound large-scale railway decoders).
  • Equipped with the (ZIMO proprietary) interfaces for MS950, MS955, MS990L (the pin-rail version of MS990).
  • For decoders with screw terminals or wired decoders of all kinds, the terminal strip is available.

Test and connection board for "small" decoders

Remaining stock (almost* completely replaceable by MSTAPK):
  • from subminiature decoder to PluX decoder for gauges N, TT, H0, 0, etc.
  • suitable for all MX-decoders as well as for MS- and MN-types
  • quipped with decoder interfaces PluX12, -16, -22, Next-18, 21MTC, NEM651, NEM652
  • as well as terminal strip for connecting wired decoders

*) Note: In the case of decoders with 21MTC interfaces of the MS/MN generation, the LEDs for the function outputs from FA5 onwards may display incorrectly.

Fully equipped version of the MXTAPS, for "small" AND large scale decoders

recommended if needed for large scale decoder of the MX-generation
  • from subminiature decoder to PluX decoder for gauges N, TT, H0, 0, etc.
  • fsuitable for all MX-decoders as well as for MS- and MN-types
  • as well as MX-large scale decoders
    equipped with decoder interfaces PluX12, -16, -22, Next-18, 21MTC, NEM651, NEM652
  • Terminal block for connecting wired decoders or screw terminal decoders
  • ZIMO proprietary interfaces for MX696, MX697, MX695L, MX699L (L, pin-rail versions)
  Test and connection board
MS and MN decoders MX decoders
MS440
MN340
other small
MS, MN
large scale MX632
MX634
MX644
MX686
MX636
MX676
all other
small MX
large scale

Compatibility
of
boards & decoders

MSTAPK *
MSTAPG
MXTAPS *
MXTAPV *

Fully compatible

*Compatible except for function outputs from FA5 onwards,
      where the LEDs may display incorrectly due to different PIN assignment.

NOT compatible.
       Even with the same, matching interface, merging can lead to the destruction of components!

05.01.2023