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. 426-3766
Mfr. Part No.09185206803
BrandHARTING
€3.03
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2.5A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 192-7394
Mfr. Part No.3399-6626
Brand3M
€4.29
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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. 771-8373
Mfr. Part No.61201023021
€0.508
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 454-2508
Mfr. Part No.1658621-3
€2.26
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16 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. 121-6785
Mfr. Part No.61201023021
€0.354
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 718-9888
Mfr. Part No.1-216791-0
€1.43
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin over Nickel AMP-LATCH - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 832-3641
Mfr. Part No.T812108A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
€0.58
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8 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 681-1360
Mfr. Part No.1-215882-6
€1.38
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 782-1087
Mfr. Part No.4-640443-0
€0.25
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10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Gold over Nickel, Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-9854
Mfr. Part No.1-215882-6
€1.132
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 192-7366
Mfr. Part No.3385-6614
Brand3M
€2.86
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14 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. 820-7739
Mfr. Part No.2-746610-6
€2.44
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44 2 Male 2.54mm Panel Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 323-7845
Mfr. Part No.89110-0101HA
Brand3M
€2.15
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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. 164-3212
Mfr. Part No.2-746610-6
€2.045
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44 2 Male 2.54mm Panel Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 693-5343
Mfr. Part No.09185107803
BrandHARTING
€2.32
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 163-3501
Mfr. Part No.4782837103470
€0.626
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 923-4870
Mfr. Part No.09185107803
BrandHARTING
€1.093
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 506-7014
Mfr. Part No.661003151923
€0.733
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 171-1697
Mfr. Part No.1658527-7
€1.932
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16 2 Female 2.54mm - Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - 500 V dc Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 100-8601
Mfr. Part No.09170409622
BrandHARTING
€5.63
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
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