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. 164-3621
Mfr. Part No.5554434-1
MYR43.054
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24 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold over Nickel CHAMP Latch - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 739-0921
Mfr. Part No.5554434-1
MYR64.91
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24 2 Female 2.16mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold over Nickel CHAMP Latch - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-0857
Mfr. Part No.5-643814-0
MYR12.52
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20 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. 718-4988
Mfr. Part No.5-643814-0
MYR18.45
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20 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. 681-1297
Mfr. Part No.1-111623-8
MYR26.90
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10 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-8685
Mfr. Part No.8-215083-6
MYR6.497
Each (On a Reel of 250)
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16 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. 173-5496
Mfr. Part No.1-111623-8
MYR26.933
Each (In a Tray of 90)
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10 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 341-7423
Mfr. Part No.8-215083-6
MYR9.394
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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16 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. 136-1827
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-3
MYR0.585
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3 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. 454-2378
Mfr. Part No.1658621-2
MYR6.04
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14 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. 161-4221
Mfr. Part No.1658621-2
MYR3.97
Each (In a Bag of 900)
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14 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. 535-4863
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-3
MYR0.782
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-156 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 681-1266
Mfr. Part No.1-111446-4
MYR28.22
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-8780
Mfr. Part No.1-111446-4
MYR22.33
Each (In a Tray of 110)
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 454-2384
Mfr. Part No.1658621-6
MYR8.22
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26 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. 164-1526
Mfr. Part No.1658621-6
MYR5.32
Each (In a Tube of 600)
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26 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. 164-3266
Mfr. Part No.3-644540-8
MYR1.643
Each (In a Bag of 2000)
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8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 136-1828
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-4
MYR0.634
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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4 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. 821-9057
Mfr. Part No.1-746610-7
MYR10.51
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30 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold over Palladium Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 535-4879
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-4
MYR0.894
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper