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. 164-8685
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. 681-1297
Mfr. Part No.1-111623-8
MYR14.95
Each
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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. 173-5496
Mfr. Part No.1-111623-8
MYR13.349
Each (In a Tray of 90)
units
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
MYR8.34
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
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. 729-3789
Mfr. Part No.3540-16P-CV(50)
BrandHirose
MYR53.50
Each
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16 - Male 1.6mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Gold 3500 -40°C +85°C 125 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 170-8841
Mfr. Part No.71600-034LF
MYR7.36
Each (In a Tube of 12)
units
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. 192-7394
Mfr. Part No.3399-6626
Brand3M
MYR19.74
Each
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 713-4670
Mfr. Part No.37304-B122-00E MB
Brand3M
MYR19.69
Each
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4 1 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold over Nickel 373 -20°C +85°C 32 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 832-3483
Mfr. Part No.T812110A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR2.45
Each
units
10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 161-4221
Mfr. Part No.1658621-2
MYR3.831
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. 136-1827
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-3
MYR0.463
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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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. 832-3572
Mfr. Part No.T812134A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR3.66
Each
units
34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 535-4863
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-3
MYR0.782
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
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. 713-4633
Mfr. Part No.37104-B101-00E MB
Brand3M
MYR12.25
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. 454-2378
Mfr. Part No.1658621-2
MYR5.09
Each
units
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. 771-0082
Mfr. Part No.71600-034LF
MYR8.838
Each (In a Pack of 4)
units
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. 832-3651
Mfr. Part No.T812130A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR3.69
Each
units
30 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 454-2384
Mfr. Part No.1658621-6
MYR7.19
Each
units
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
MYR5.214
Each (In a Tube of 600)
units
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. 170-2764
Mfr. Part No.T812130A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
MYR2.086
Each (In a Bag of 100)
units
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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