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. 642-5102
BrandRS PRO
MYR15.50
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8 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-159
BrandRS PRO
MYR7.07
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34 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 471-020
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MYR13.48
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10 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 642-4941
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 239-1235
BrandRS PRO
MYR10.24
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36 - Male - Cable Mount Straight IDC - - Centronics - - - -
RS Stock No. 471-086
BrandRS PRO
MYR24.33
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40 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - -
RS Stock No. 642-4985
BrandRS PRO
MYR14.16
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 458-320
BrandRS PRO
MYR15.91
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14 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 3A Gold, Nickel, Tin - -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 471-143
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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26 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 642-4963
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 642-4991
BrandRS PRO
MYR7.07
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-171
BrandRS PRO
MYR14.16
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50 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 642-5073
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold - -40°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 625-7353
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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50 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 642-5039
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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20 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold - -40°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 471-115
BrandRS PRO
MYR12.60
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14 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 471-121
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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16 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 471-200
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - -
RS Stock No. 471-042
BrandRS PRO
MYR13.48
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16 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
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
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