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. 543-7609
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-8
TWD25.40
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8 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. 170-9451
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-6
TWD11.00
Each (In a Box of 1000)
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6 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. 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. 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. 165-0416
Mfr. Part No.1-353293-0
TWD8.30
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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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
RS Stock No. 543-7586
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-6
TWD19.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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6 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. 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
RS Stock No. 161-8645
Mfr. Part No.1-111196-9
TWD198.20
Each (In a Tray of 50)
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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. 170-9452
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-8
TWD17.50
Each (In a Bag of 250)
units
8 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. 164-8640
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-2
TWD9,700.00
Each (In a Box of 2000)
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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. 164-8642
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-5
TWD15,350.00
1 Box of 2500
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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. 170-9456
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-8
TWD18,100.00
Each (In a Bag of 2000)
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8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7772
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-8
TWD13.10
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8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 163-8456
Mfr. Part No.5164713-9
TWD53,865.00
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9 1 Male 2.5mm Through Hole Straight - 7A Tin over Nickel Mini-Match -40°C +85°C 250 V ac, 300 V dc Brass
RS Stock No. 625-7397
BrandRS PRO
TWD23.00
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 625-7454
BrandRS PRO
TWD15.00
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 827-3619
Mfr. Part No.37104-3122-000FL-100
Brand3M
TWD111.70
Each (In a Pack of 200)
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4 1 Male 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 371 -20°C +60°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 164-4133
Mfr. Part No.3-641653-8
TWD25,656.00
Each (In a Box of 2000)
units
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. 535-4914
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-8
TWD12.50
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
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. 543-7766
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-7
TWD13.70
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper