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. 745-5905
Mfr. Part No.1658527-7
€2.15
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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. 842-8080
Mfr. Part No.5-103945-5
€0.875
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6 1 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold over Nickel AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C 267 V Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 793-6818
Mfr. Part No.5-103957-6
€1.44
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7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C 600 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-5848
Mfr. Part No.5-103945-5
€0.859
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6 1 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Gold over Nickel AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 121-0860
Mfr. Part No.3399-6000
Brand3M
€3.90
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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. 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 - - - -
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. 693-5375
Mfr. Part No.09185207813
BrandHARTING
€3.04
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold SEK-18 -55°C +125°C 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 719-4464
Mfr. Part No.5229912-1
€4.72
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50 2 Male 2.16mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC - Gold, Gold over Palladium Nickel CHAMP-LOK - - - Copper
RS Stock No. 673-7742
Mfr. Part No.89361-710LF
€1.136
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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. 797-3075
Mfr. Part No.4-643814-6
€2.64
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16 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8212
Mfr. Part No.690157001072
€0.888
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10 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 923-0957
Mfr. Part No.09170409622
BrandHARTING
€4.396
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 121-6767
Mfr. Part No.690157001072
€0.808
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10 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 113-5959
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 20G-0202-T
€0.465
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20 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Gold, Nickel AWHW -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 170-8818
Mfr. Part No.89361-710LF
€0.886
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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. 164-3285
Mfr. Part No.4-643814-6
€1.588
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16 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 674-1066
Mfr. Part No.A-57/50 FFR-N
€8.27
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50 2 Female 2.16mm Cable Mount Straight - 1A Gold, Nickel, Tin A-57 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 161-4978
Mfr. Part No.5-103957-6
€1.209
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7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C 600 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 734-8908
Mfr. Part No.158110-1100
Brand3M
€3.42
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10 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 158 -55°C +105°C - Copper
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