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. 163-9958
Mfr. Part No.215083-6
TWD21,025.00
1 Reel of 2500
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6 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. 113-5949
Mfr. Part No.AWP 50-7240-T
TWD24.70
Each (In a Tray of 48)
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AWP -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 324-8075
Mfr. Part No.90327-0310
BrandMolex
TWD20.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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10 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. 471-137
BrandRS PRO
TWD30.00
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20 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - -
RS Stock No. 625-7268
BrandRS PRO
TWD15.00
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16 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8389
Mfr. Part No.61202623021
TWD47.60
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. 714-2448
Mfr. Part No.89361-712SLF
TWD45.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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12 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 756-0966
Mfr. Part No.1658622-1
TWD40.00
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Nickel, Gold over Palladium Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 543-7621
Mfr. Part No.3-640427-2
TWD6.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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 Alloy
RS Stock No. 625-7353
BrandRS PRO
TWD26.00
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50 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 739-1057
Mfr. Part No.TMM-2-0-04-1
BrandAmphenol
TWD7.40
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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4 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Through Hole - Solder 1A Tin TMM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9621
Mfr. Part No.661012152022
TWD55.60
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12 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 693-5643
Mfr. Part No.09185067813
BrandHARTING
TWD48.00
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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. 471-109
BrandRS PRO
TWD23.00
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10 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - -
RS Stock No. 311-6287
Mfr. Part No.04HR-6S-P-N
BrandJST
TWD9.40
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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4 1 Female 2.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A Tin Lead Alloy over Copper HR -25°C +85°C 250 V ac, 250 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 506-7014
Mfr. Part No.661003151923
TWD24.60
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 625-7252
BrandRS PRO
TWD11.00
Each
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7570
Mfr. Part No.3-640426-5
TWD11.00
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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5 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. 239-1257
BrandRS PRO
TWD83.00
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50 2 Male 2.16mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin - -55°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 795-2276
Mfr. Part No.5-103945-3
TWD58.30
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