IDC Connectors

IDC is short for Insulation-Displacement Connector. These electrical connectors are designed for ribbon cables and telecommunications applications. They are also referred to as insulation-piercing contacts (IPCs).


Flat Ribbon Cable Assemblies


IDC connectors are most commonly used with Flat Ribbon Cables to create a cable assembly. Ribbon cables consist of multiple wires connected together in a thin, flat ribbon. The IDC connector has sharp contact points which pierce the insulation and make contact with the wire. They are quick and easy as you do not need to strip shrouded wires like conventional crimping methods. IDCs are an ideal ribbon cable termination.


IDC Connectors use cold welding technology. The IDC connector terminal pushes down and cuts through the insulation of the wire. During this process, there is significant pressure applied which create this cold weld. Some IDC connectors also come with strain relief functionality which helps to protect the ribbon cable connection and improve life span and reliability.


Things to consider when purchasing an IDC:


  • Number of Contacts - IDC’s are available with different numbers of pins or connections. For example, 4-way and 10-way. Note: the pins may be across multiple rows.

  • Gender - IDC’s can come in a male version, also known as a plug, or female version, also known as a socket or header.

  • Pitch - This refers to the distance between each contact. For example, 1.2 mm. This needs to be compatible with the ribbon connector you wish to connect.

  • Mounting Type - IDC plugs and sockets are usually mounted onto a cable or a PCB as a header.

Where are they used?


  • Low voltage applications

  • Computer Drives

  • SSDs

  • Smartphones

  • Laptops

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Description Price Number of Contacts Number of Rows Gender Pitch Mounting Type Body Orientation Termination Method Current Rating Contact Plating Series Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Voltage Rating Contact Material
RS stock no. 454-2362
Mfr. Part No.1658621-1
R 19.35
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 170-9455
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-4
R 1.797
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 543-7738
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-4
R 4.416
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 680-5139
Mfr. Part No.215083-6
R 9.558
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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6 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Vertical IDC 1.5A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch -40°C +105°C 230 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 163-9958
Mfr. Part No.215083-6
R 3.969
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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6 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Vertical IDC 1.5A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch -40°C +105°C 230 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 756-0966
Mfr. Part No.1658622-1
R 43.26
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Nickel, Gold over Palladium Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 782-1087
Mfr. Part No.4-640443-0
R 5.35
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10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Gold over Nickel, Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 164-1525
Mfr. Part No.1658526-5
R 82.622
Each (In a Bag of 50)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 609 -55°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 454-2609
Mfr. Part No.1658526-5
R 103.85
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 609 -55°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 136-1829
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-2
R 1.621
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 454-2508
Mfr. Part No.1658621-3
R 43.02
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 170-9428
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
R 24.178
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 543-7700
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-2
R 4.138
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 454-2479
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
R 27.56
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 164-5848
Mfr. Part No.5-103945-5
R 23.703
Each (In a Tube of 30)
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6 1 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold over Nickel AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 532-5225
Mfr. Part No.7-215570-4
R 7.218
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
4 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Vertical IDC 1.5A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 164-4090
Mfr. Part No.2-644486-6
R 8.895
Each (In a Bag of 2000)
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6 1 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle - 5A Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 756-1016
Mfr. Part No.622-0641LF
R 156.73
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 -55°C +125°C 500 V dc Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 161-8508
Mfr. Part No.353293-2
R 2.34
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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2 1 Female 1.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A Tin over Nickel AMP Mini CT -30°C +105°C 50 V ac, 50 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 454-2429
Mfr. Part No.1658621-9
R 32.18
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze