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. 683-1718
Mfr. Part No.353293-9
TWD14.00
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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9 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. 625-7280
BrandRS PRO
TWD101.00
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-200
BrandRS PRO
TWD93.00
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45.0°C 105.0°C - -
RS Stock No. 322-1070
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-34D-2.54R
BrandHirose
TWD252.00
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 713-4624
Mfr. Part No.37104-A206-00E MB
Brand3M
TWD123.00
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4 1 Male 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 371 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 535-5018
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-7
TWD15.50
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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7 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. 719-8791
Mfr. Part No.1658622-6
TWD66.00
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel, Gold over Palladium Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 173-5564
Mfr. Part No.2-111196-1
TWD417.50
Each (In a Tray of 30)
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50 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. 795-2276
Mfr. Part No.5-103945-3
TWD55.60
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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4 1 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A - AMPMODU MTE - - 267 V Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 674-1249
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 26G-0202-T
TWD32.60
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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26 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Gold, Nickel AWHW -40.0°C 105.0°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 543-7558
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-3
TWD13.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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3 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 165-0420
Mfr. Part No.1-353293-5
TWD10.90
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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15 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. 625-7252
BrandRS PRO
TWD93.00
Each
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45.0°C 105.0°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 923-4811
Mfr. Part No.09181649622
BrandHARTING
TWD89.50
Each (In a Box of 60)
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64 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-18 -55°C +105°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 136-1827
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-3
TWD4.70
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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3 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. 613-2894
Mfr. Part No.1473567-4
TWD268.00
Each
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4 4 - 2.0mm Through Hole Straight Solder - - RITS - - 32 V dc Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 239-1241
BrandRS PRO
TWD101.00
Each
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36 2 Female 2.16mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin - -55°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 164-3172
Mfr. Part No.2-111626-5
TWD185.20
Each (In a Tray of 60)
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16 2 Female 2mm Panel Mount Straight IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 718-5136
Mfr. Part No.3-643813-2
TWD6.40
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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2 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. 162-2029
Mfr. Part No.89361-712SLF
TWD40.60
Each (In a Tube of 35)
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12 2 Female 2.0mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40.0°C 105.0°C 650.0 V ac Phosphor Bronze