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. 674-1101
Mfr. Part No.AWP 16-7240-T
$0.994
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold, Nickel AWP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1117
Mfr. Part No.AWP 34-7240-T
$0.994
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AWP -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 113-5959
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 20G-0202-T
$0.905
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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. 674-1246
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 20G-0202-T
$1.50
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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. 674-1259
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 10A-0202-T
$0.914
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 3A Gold, Nickel AWHW -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1085
Mfr. Part No.AWP 06-7240-T
$1.386
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 3A Gold, Nickel AWP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 113-5948
Mfr. Part No.AWP 06-7240-T
$0.694
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 3A Gold, Nickel AWP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 113-5929
Mfr. Part No.A-DSF 15LPIII/Z
$2.675
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15 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold, Nickel, Tin A-D -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-0909
Mfr. Part No.A-DSF 15LPIII/Z
$3.59
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15 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold, Nickel, Tin A-D -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 113-5945
Mfr. Part No.A-57/50 FFR-N
$12.12
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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. 674-1233
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 14G-0202-T
$1.014
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14 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Gold, Nickel AWHW -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1104
Mfr. Part No.AWP 20-7240-T
$1.036
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold, Nickel AWP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1227
Mfr. Part No.AWHC 40-0111-T
$5.67
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold, Nickel, Tin AWHC -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1066
Mfr. Part No.A-57/50 FFR-N
$14.76
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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. 674-1265
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 20A-0202-T
$1.816
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20 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 3A Gold, Nickel AWHW -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1123
Mfr. Part No.AWP 60-7240-T
$1.684
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60 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AWP -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1205
Mfr. Part No.AWHC 10-0111-T
$4.89
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle - 1A Gold, Nickel, Tin AWHC -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1097
Mfr. Part No.AWP 10-7240-T
$0.812
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AWP -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1230
Mfr. Part No.AWHW 10G-0202-T
$0.822
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Gold, Nickel AWHW -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1306
Mfr. Part No.AWLP 20/3,2-T
$1.20
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight - 3A Nickel, Tin AWLP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass