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. 471-042
BrandRS PRO
MYR3.45
Each
units
16 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 625-7303
BrandRS PRO
MYR3.63
Each
units
40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-115
BrandRS PRO
MYR2.65
Each
units
14 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 739-0921
Mfr. Part No.5554434-1
MYR63.61
Each
units
24 2 Female 2.16mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold over Nickel CHAMP Latch - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-3621
Mfr. Part No.5554434-1
MYR41.523
Each (In a Bag of 500)
units
24 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold over Nickel CHAMP Latch - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 923-4861
Mfr. Part No.09185067803
BrandHARTING
MYR3.969
Each (In a Box of 100)
units
6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 693-5340
Mfr. Part No.09185067803
BrandHARTING
MYR4.79
Each
units
6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 170-2762
Mfr. Part No.T812106A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR1.271
Each (In a Bag of 100)
units
6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 832-3648
Mfr. Part No.T812106A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR2.26
Each
units
6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 713-4677
Mfr. Part No.37304-B101-00E MB
Brand3M
MYR18.74
Each
units
4 1 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 373 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 713-4636
Mfr. Part No.37104-B122-00E MB
Brand3M
MYR13.17
Each
units
4 1 Male 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 371 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 323-7845
Mfr. Part No.89110-0101HA
Brand3M
MYR4.17
Each
units
10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Brass
RS Stock No. 713-4608
Mfr. Part No.37103-A165-00E MB
Brand3M
MYR10.76
Each
units
3 1 Male 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 371 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 673-7742
Mfr. Part No.89361-710LF
MYR5.24
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
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. 170-8818
Mfr. Part No.89361-710LF
MYR3.962
Each (In a Tube of 40)
units
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
MYR13.065
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
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. 324-8069
Mfr. Part No.90327-0308
BrandMolex
MYR2.114
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
8 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. 164-0857
Mfr. Part No.5-643814-0
MYR12.27
Each (In a Box of 500)
units
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
MYR18.08
Each
units
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. 409-8720
Mfr. Part No.09185406813
BrandHARTING
MYR15.11
Each
units
40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2.5A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
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