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. 161-4260
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-6
TWD13,894.00
1 Box of 2000
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6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 461-231
Mfr. Part No.1-1658527-3
TWD205.00
Each
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 719-8804
Mfr. Part No.1-1658622-0
TWD78.00
Each
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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
RS Stock No. 182-3118
Mfr. Part No.71600-610LF
TWD81.00
1 Pack of 2
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10 2 Female 2.54mm - - - 3A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 923-4861
Mfr. Part No.09185067803
BrandHARTING
TWD33.60
Each (In a Box of 100)
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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. 135-8454
Mfr. Part No.1-1658622-0
TWD74.00
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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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
RS Stock No. 693-5340
Mfr. Part No.09185067803
BrandHARTING
TWD44.00
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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. 182-2949
Mfr. Part No.71600-610LF
TWD21.10
Each (In a Tube of 612)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount - IDC 1A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 543-7750
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-6
TWD10.80
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 135-5162
Mfr. Part No.3-111196-3
TWD406.90
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80 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 500mA Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH System 50 -65°C +105°C 30 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 712-1472
Mfr. Part No.1473793-1
TWD43.20
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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8 2 Female 2.2mm Cable Mount Straight - - - MULTILOCK 025 - - - -
RS Stock No. 161-4192
Mfr. Part No.1473793-1
TWD21.60
Each (In a Bag of 100)
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8 2 Female 2.2mm Cable Mount Straight - - - MULTILOCK 025 - - - -
RS Stock No. 718-5149
Mfr. Part No.3-640620-4
TWD12.00
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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. 713-4655
Mfr. Part No.37303-B101-00E MB
Brand3M
TWD93.00
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3 1 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 373 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 322-1109
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-50D-2.54R
BrandHirose
TWD153.00
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 681-1938
Mfr. Part No.3-111196-3
TWD397.00
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80 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 500mA Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH System 50 -65°C +105°C 30 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 681-1257
Mfr. Part No.1-111196-9
TWD287.00
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30 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. 718-4984
Mfr. Part No.4-640441-8
TWD138.00
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18 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7744
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-5
TWD9.90
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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5 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 683-1667
Mfr. Part No.1-353293-0
TWD10.70
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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10 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