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. 454-2479
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
R 28.37
Each
units
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. 642-4963
BrandRS PRO
R 43.75
Each
units
14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40.0°C 105.0°C 500.0 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 170-9428
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
R 23.638
Each (In a Box of 50)
units
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. 163-3503
Mfr. Part No.4782837106470
R 15.643
Each (In a Tube of 36)
units
6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 324-8126
Mfr. Part No.90325-0008
BrandMolex
R 6.004
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 1 Male 1.27mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1.2A Tin over Nickel Picoflex -40.0°C 105.0°C 250.0 V ac Brass
RS stock no. 832-3641
Mfr. Part No.T812108A101CEU
R 6.86
Each
units
8 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40.0°C 105.0°C 250.0 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 182-2922
Mfr. Part No.65801-005LF
R 9.591
Each (In a Tray of 1152)
units
5 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 2A Tin Clincher -65.0°C 105.0°C 500.0 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 136-1829
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-2
R 1.614
Each (In a Bag of 500)
units
2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 543-7700
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-2
R 4.068
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. 454-2508
Mfr. Part No.1658621-3
R 42.88
Each
units
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. 192-7372
Mfr. Part No.3452-6616
Brand3M
R 62.10
Each
units
16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 680-5135
Mfr. Part No.215083-4
R 7.674
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 230 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 454-2429
Mfr. Part No.1658621-9
R 32.15
Each
units
40 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. 324-8069
Mfr. Part No.90327-0308
BrandMolex
R 14.944
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.2A Tin over Nickel Picoflex -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 670-6158
Mfr. Part No.90327-3308
BrandMolex
R 19.016
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.2A Gold over Nickel Picoflex -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 681-1253
Mfr. Part No.1-111196-8
R 138.62
Each
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20 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Vertical IDC 500mA Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH System 50 -65°C +105°C 30 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 832-3623
Mfr. Part No.T812120A100CEU
R 20.98
Each
units
20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40.0°C 105.0°C 250.0 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 164-5848
Mfr. Part No.5-103945-5
R 23.152
Each (In a Tube of 30)
units
6 1 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold over Nickel AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 192-7423
Mfr. Part No.3425-6650
Brand3M
R 138.73
Each
units
50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 683-1692
Mfr. Part No.353293-2
R 3.32
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
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