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. 625-7303
BrandRS PRO
R 38.97
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 121-6785
Mfr. Part No.61201023021
R 6.416
Each (In a Tray of 96)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 771-8373
Mfr. Part No.61201023021
R 7.29
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 860-2465
Mfr. Part No.71922-140LF
R 34.254
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 3A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +125°C 1.5 kV ac Copper
RS stock no. 859-9441
Mfr. Part No.52601-S10-8LF
R 27.007
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Surface Mount Straight Solder 3A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 674-1101
Mfr. Part No.AWP 16-7240-T
R 9.112
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold, Nickel AWP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS stock no. 625-7331
BrandRS PRO
R 38.28
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper
RS stock no. 625-7397
BrandRS PRO
R 38.15
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 832-3645
Mfr. Part No.T812112A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
R 11.40
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12 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS stock no. 909-4391
Mfr. Part No.M50-3300542
BrandHARWIN
R 37.218
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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10 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle Crimp 1A Gold Archer M50 -40°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 771-0079
Mfr. Part No.71600-010LF
R 13.963
Each (In a Pack of 6)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 860-2550
Mfr. Part No.89947-350LF
R 70.79
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50 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 827-3574
Mfr. Part No.D89140-0131HK
Brand3M
R 37.31
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 1.25 A, 1.5 A Gold over Nickel D89 -55°C +105°C - Brass
RS stock no. 860-2193
Mfr. Part No.71600-604LF
R 8.618
Each (In a Pack of 100)
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4 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Solder 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 625-7296
BrandRS PRO
R 38.15
Each
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20 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper
RS stock no. 625-7454
BrandRS PRO
R 38.51
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS stock no. 454-2362
Mfr. Part No.1658621-1
R 17.30
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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. 827-3629
Mfr. Part No.45116-010030
Brand3M
R 74.42
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16 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 2.5A Gold over Nickel 451 -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Copper
RS stock no. 543-7738
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-4
R 3.896
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. 625-7369
BrandRS PRO
R 38.42
Each
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze