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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RS Stock No. 170-2758
Mfr. Part No.T812130A100CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR2.23
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30 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
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Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
MYR7.27
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-5780
Mfr. Part No.2-2178712-0
MYR3.498
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20 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1.3A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch - - - Copper
RS Stock No. 832-3626
Mfr. Part No.T812112A100CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR3.43
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12 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 164-1000
Mfr. Part No.3-641437-2
MYR1.897
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2 1 Male 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 301-8127
Mfr. Part No.7-215083-8
MYR5.232
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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8 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. 821-8833
Mfr. Part No.553603-1
MYR67.44
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50 2 Female 1.27mm Panel Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Palladium Nickel CHAMP Latch -40°C +75°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-8847
Mfr. Part No.1-746610-9
MYR9.90
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-2322
Mfr. Part No.553603-1
MYR44.46
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50 2 Female 1.27mm Panel Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Palladium Nickel CHAMP Latch -40°C +75°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 535-4964
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-3
MYR0.808
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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3 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. 681-1938
Mfr. Part No.3-111196-3
MYR65.72
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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. 827-3653
Mfr. Part No.45114-010030
Brand3M
MYR20.29
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14 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 2.5A Gold over Nickel 451 -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 681-1720
Mfr. Part No.2-111196-0
MYR53.47
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40 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. 324-8053
Mfr. Part No.90327-0306
BrandMolex
MYR3.11
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 192-7502
Mfr. Part No.89140-0101
Brand3M
MYR7.32
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.25A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 625-7325
BrandRS PRO
MYR22.35
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 922-9938
Mfr. Part No.09185646813
BrandHARTING
MYR19.92
Each (In a Box of 50)
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2.5A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 828-0412
Mfr. Part No.3425-7650
Brand3M
MYR36.81
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold, Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 409-8714
Mfr. Part No.09185346813
BrandHARTING
MYR13.58
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 135-5162
Mfr. Part No.3-111196-3
MYR57.42
Each (In a Tray of 20)
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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