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. 161-6314
Mfr. Part No.7-215083-6
$1.22
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6 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. 341-7401
Mfr. Part No.7-215083-6
$1.76
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6 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. 625-7252
BrandRS PRO
$0.65
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 625-7369
BrandRS PRO
$0.88
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 625-7397
BrandRS PRO
$1.19
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-8847
Mfr. Part No.1-746610-9
$4.141
Each (In a Tube of 50)
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 680-3199
Mfr. Part No.1-746610-9
$4.14
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin over Nickel AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 625-7381
BrandRS PRO
$3.52
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 454-2479
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
$2.56
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20 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. 170-9428
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
$2.315
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20 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. 625-7268
BrandRS PRO
$1.01
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16 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 170-2762
Mfr. Part No.T812106A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
$0.418
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 832-3648
Mfr. Part No.T812106A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
$1.13
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 454-2362
Mfr. Part No.1658621-1
$1.75
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10 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. 896-7453
Mfr. Part No.67926-0001
BrandMolex
$1.205
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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5 1 Female 3.81mm Cable Mount Vertical Crimp 1.5A Gold SATA -35°C +85°C 15 V dc Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 859-9551
Mfr. Part No.20021444-00010T1LF
$3.318
Each (In a Pack of 25)
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10 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 125 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 909-4391
Mfr. Part No.M50-3300542
BrandHARWIN
$3.708
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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10 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle Crimp 1A Gold Archer M50 -40°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 625-7296
BrandRS PRO
$1.11
Each
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20 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 832-3516
Mfr. Part No.T812120A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
$1.91
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 832-3483
Mfr. Part No.T812110A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
$1.09
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Beryllium Copper
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