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. 535-5018
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-7
TWD15.50
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
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. 670-6628
Mfr. Part No.90814-0806
BrandMolex
TWD30.60
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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6 1 Male 1.27mm Surface Mount Straight IDC 1.2A Tin over Nickel Picoflex -40°C +105°C 250 V ac, 250 V dc Brass
RS Stock No. 710-0012
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-7
TWD26.40
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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7 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 447-5981
Mfr. Part No.90814-0004
BrandMolex
TWD22.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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4 1 Male 1.27mm Surface Mount Straight IDC 1.2A Tin over Nickel Picoflex -40°C +105°C 250 V ac, 250 V dc Brass
RS Stock No. 471-238
BrandRS PRO
TWD93.00
Each
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34 - Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45.0°C 105.0°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 535-5046
Mfr. Part No.4-640442-0
TWD21.30
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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10 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. 322-1070
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-34D-2.54R
BrandHirose
TWD252.00
Each
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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. 164-3261
Mfr. Part No.3-644465-4
TWD9.80
Each (In a Box of 2000)
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4 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 7A Tin MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 693-5643
Mfr. Part No.09185067813
BrandHARTING
TWD52.00
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 680-4990
Mfr. Part No.1-215083-6
TWD44.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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16 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. 170-9447
Mfr. Part No.3-640428-2
TWD6.00
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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2 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 135-5128
Mfr. Part No.1-215083-6
TWD20.60
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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16 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.5A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch -40°C +105°C 230 V ac Phosphor Bronze
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
RS Stock No. 161-9898
Mfr. Part No.4-640442-2
TWD22.40
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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12 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. 323-7946
Mfr. Part No.89140-0101HA
Brand3M
TWD97.00
Each
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Brass
RS Stock No. 771-8389
Mfr. Part No.61202623021
TWD50.60
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 673-7708
Mfr. Part No.71600-008LF
TWD35.60
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 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 165-0602
Mfr. Part No.3-643814-6
TWD9.20
Each (In a Box of 2000)
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6 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. 454-2378
Mfr. Part No.1658621-2
TWD64.00
Each
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze