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. 170-8818
Mfr. Part No.89361-710LF
MYR4.29
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10 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. 673-7742
Mfr. Part No.89361-710LF
MYR5.36
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10 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. 859-9785
Mfr. Part No.71918-164LF
MYR14.44
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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64 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +125°C 1.5 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 170-8841
Mfr. Part No.71600-034LF
MYR7.53
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 771-0082
Mfr. Part No.71600-034LF
MYR9.24
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-0079
Mfr. Part No.71600-010LF
MYR4.99
Each (In a Pack of 6)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 673-7733
Mfr. Part No.89361-708LF
MYR6.22
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8 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 182-2884
Mfr. Part No.71918-134LF
MYR7.08
Each (In a Tube of 480)
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34 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Vertical Solder 3A Gold over Tin Quickie -65°C +125°C 1.5 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 182-3133
Mfr. Part No.71918-134LF
MYR10.02
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34 2 Female 2.54mm - - - 3A Gold over Tin Quickie -65°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 170-8815
Mfr. Part No.89361-708LF
MYR5.07
Each (In a Tube of 46)
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8 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 863-3469
Mfr. Part No.69830-020LF
MYR5.28
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 162-2025
Mfr. Part No.89361-710SLF
MYR7.93
Each (In a Tube of 40)
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10 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. 714-2439
Mfr. Part No.89361-710SLF
MYR9.73
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10 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 673-7758
Mfr. Part No.89361-720LF
MYR8.18
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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20 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. 182-2948
Mfr. Part No.71600-106LF
MYR2.21
Each (In a Tube of 1728)
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount - IDC 1A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 170-8820
Mfr. Part No.89361-720LF
MYR6.67
Each (In a Tube of 24)
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20 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. 182-3105
Mfr. Part No.71600-106LF
MYR3.97
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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6 2 Female 2.54mm - - - 3A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 182-2880
Mfr. Part No.89947-720LF
MYR6.42
Each (In a Tube of 672)
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20 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount - IDC 1A Gold Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 673-7708
Mfr. Part No.71600-008LF
MYR4.13
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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8 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 170-8876
Mfr. Part No.10127850-001LF
MYR0.892
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- 1 Female 5mm Surface Mount Straight IDC - Tin over Nickel Griplet - - 110 → 220 V ac Beryllium Copper