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. 885-6189
Mfr. Part No.10127850-001LF
MYR1.137
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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- 1 Female 5.0mm Surface Mount Straight IDC - Tin over Nickel Griplet - - 110 → 220 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 535-4914
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-8
MYR1.953
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 828-0434
Mfr. Part No.89130-0101
Brand3M
MYR10.07
Each
units
30 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1.5A Gold, Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 859-9946
Mfr. Part No.66900-250LF
MYR14.795
Each (In a Pack of 520)
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65.0°C 105.0°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 860-2354
Mfr. Part No.89947-714LF
MYR5.208
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
14 2 Female 2.0mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold Minitek -40.0°C 105.0°C 650.0 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 543-7671
Mfr. Part No.3-640427-6
MYR3.192
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
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. 896-0840
Mfr. Part No.HIF3B-26D-2.54R
BrandHirose
MYR23.17
Each
units
26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 923-0948
Mfr. Part No.09170169622
BrandHARTING
MYR13.82
Each (In a Box of 117)
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16 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 506-6998
Mfr. Part No.661002151923
MYR3.422
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 820-7713
Mfr. Part No.2-111626-5
MYR25.78
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16 2 Female 2mm Panel Mount Straight IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 170-9446
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-4
MYR0.596
Each (In a Bag of 2500)
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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. 447-6007
Mfr. Part No.90814-0008
BrandMolex
MYR3.922
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 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. 642-5067
BrandRS PRO
MYR14.45
Each
units
14 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold - -40°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 192-7388
Mfr. Part No.3421-6620
Brand3M
MYR20.23
Each
units
20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 674-1205
Mfr. Part No.AWHC 10-0111-T
MYR16.02
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold, Nickel, Tin AWHC -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 923-4889
Mfr. Part No.09185207803
BrandHARTING
MYR7.197
Each (In a Box of 100)
units
20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 535-5478
Mfr. Part No.3-640428-6
MYR2.804
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
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. 172-5318
Mfr. Part No.61202423021
MYR8.095
Each (In a Tray of 48)
units
24 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -
RS Stock No. 702-6835
Mfr. Part No.90816-0010
BrandMolex
MYR4.79
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
10 1 Female 1.27mm Surface Mount Straight Solder 1.2A - Picoflex - - 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 170-9445
Mfr. Part No.4-640440-0
MYR1.55
Each (In a Box of 2000)
units
10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper