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. 625-7369
BrandRS PRO
TWD12.00
Each
units
10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 170-9503
Mfr. Part No.3-643814-2
TWD11,689.00
1 Bag of 5000
Bag(s)
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. 682-7081
Mfr. Part No.3-643814-2
TWD3.70
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
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. 324-8053
Mfr. Part No.90327-0306
BrandMolex
TWD7.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
6 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. 164-8648
Mfr. Part No.4-640441-0
TWD22,640.00
1 Bag of 2000
Bag(s)
10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7794
Mfr. Part No.4-640441-0
TWD18.50
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7564
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-4
TWD15.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
4 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. 170-9449
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-4
TWD16,820.00
1 Box of 2000
Box(es)
4 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. 170-9455
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-4
TWD3.30
Each (In a Bag of 500)
units
4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7738
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-4
TWD5.00
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7722
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-3
TWD6.30
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 136-1830
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-3
TWD4.30
Each (In a Box of 500)
units
3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 170-9446
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-4
TWD10,000.00
1 Bag of 2500
Bag(s)
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. 535-4970
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-4
TWD7.50
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
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. 713-4668
Mfr. Part No.37304-A206-00E MB
Brand3M
TWD100.00
Each
units
4 1 Female 6.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 373 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 136-1828
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-4
TWD5.30
Each (In a Bag of 500)
units
4 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. 535-4879
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-4
TWD6.20
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
4 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. 543-7750
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-6
TWD10.80
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 847-5553
Mfr. Part No.2178712-6
TWD13.00
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
6 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1.3A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch - - 100 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 135-8454
Mfr. Part No.1-1658622-0
TWD74.00
Each (In a Tube of 50)
units
50 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