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. 173-4009
Mfr. Part No.4-640441-2
TWD19.80
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12 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 625-7454
BrandRS PRO
TWD93.00
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-7781
Mfr. Part No.3-643813-4
TWD6.10
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7766
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-7
TWD14.30
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7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 187-554
Mfr. Part No.5164713-9
TWD46.80
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9 1 Male 2.5mm Through Hole Straight - 7A Tin over Nickel Mini-Match -40.0°C 85.0°C 250 V ac, 300 V dc Brass
RS Stock No. 535-4914
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-8
TWD16.40
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8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7801
Mfr. Part No.4-640441-2
TWD25.30
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12 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 718-5054
Mfr. Part No.3-643813-4
TWD12.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 164-4133
Mfr. Part No.3-641653-8
TWD12.40
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8 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. 625-7397
BrandRS PRO
TWD93.00
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 896-1007
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-50PD-2.54R-MC
BrandHirose
TWD562.00
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50 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Nickel HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 164-8575
Mfr. Part No.2-1473562-4
TWD71.60
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4 - - 2.0mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A - RITS Connector -30.0°C 60.0°C 32.0 V dc Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 714-2441
Mfr. Part No.89361-716SLF
TWD93.60
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16 2 Female 2.0mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40.0°C 105.0°C 650 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 713-8739
Mfr. Part No.37204-62A3-004
Brand3M
TWD63.00
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4 1 Female 2.0mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Gold over Nickel 372 -20.0°C 60.0°C 32 V dc Copper
RS Stock No. 674-1126
Mfr. Part No.AWP 64-7240-T
TWD71.00
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AWP -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 322-1092
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-40D-2.54R
BrandHirose
TWD209.00
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 613-2692
Mfr. Part No.2-1473562-4
TWD125.00
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4 - - 2.0mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A - RITS -30.0°C 60.0°C 32 V dc Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 719-0163
Mfr. Part No.770156-3
TWD41.00
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4 1 Male 5.08mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 13A Tin MATE-N-LOK -55°C +85°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 324-8047
Mfr. Part No.90327-0304
BrandMolex
TWD16.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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4 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. 471-222
BrandRS PRO
TWD93.00
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze