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. 170-8810
Mfr. Part No.71600-008LF
R 14.613
Each (In a Tube of 40)
units
8 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65.0°C 105.0°C 1.0 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 164-5691
Mfr. Part No.1-2178713-6
R 5.799
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
units
16 2 Male 1.27mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1.3A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch - - - Copper
RS stock no. 170-8815
Mfr. Part No.89361-708LF
R 20.102
Each (In a Tube of 46)
units
8 2 Female 2.0mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40.0°C 105.0°C 650.0 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 739-0874
Mfr. Part No.5-103957-9
R 45.25
Each
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10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 745-5022
Mfr. Part No.3-643815-6
R 5.738
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 543-7772
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-8
R 7.243
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 832-3617
Mfr. Part No.T812110A100CEU
R 21.35
Each
units
10 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. 163-4495
Mfr. Part No.690207100672
R 9.491
Each (In a Tube of 52)
units
6 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 673-7733
Mfr. Part No.89361-708LF
R 26.72
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 2 Female 2.0mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40.0°C 105.0°C 650.0 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 121-6814
Mfr. Part No.61205023021
R 24.09
Each (In a Tray of 24)
units
50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -
RS stock no. 311-6287
Mfr. Part No.04HR-6S-P-N
BrandJST
R 4.732
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
4 1 Female 2.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A Tin Lead Alloy over Copper HR -25°C +85°C 250 V ac, 250 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 121-0393
Mfr. Part No.4610-6051
Brand3M
R 90.16
Each
units
10 2 - 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold 4600 - - - Copper
RS stock no. 161-8796
Mfr. Part No.5-103957-5
R 21.602
Each (In a Tube of 36)
units
6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 166-7540
Mfr. Part No.04HR-6S-P-N
BrandJST
R 3.162
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
units
4 1 Female 2.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A Tin Lead Alloy over Copper HR -25°C +85°C 250 V ac, 250 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 832-3483
Mfr. Part No.T812110A101CEU
R 21.72
Each
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10 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. 673-7708
Mfr. Part No.71600-008LF
R 16.734
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65.0°C 105.0°C 1.0 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 771-8222
Mfr. Part No.690207100672
R 10.902
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
6 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 739-0903
Mfr. Part No.5-103957-5
R 31.22
Each
units
6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 823-6626
Mfr. Part No.61205023021
R 29.24
Each
units
50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -
RS stock no. 164-3614
Mfr. Part No.5-103957-9
R 34.745
Each (In a Tube of 22)
units
10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze