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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RS Stock No. 859-9551
Mfr. Part No.20021444-00010T1LF
$3.244
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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. 771-0079
Mfr. Part No.71600-010LF
$1.493
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10 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. 170-8808
Mfr. Part No.71600-006LF
$0.956
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6 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. 673-7694
Mfr. Part No.71600-006LF
$1.256
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6 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. 170-8820
Mfr. Part No.89361-720LF
$2.889
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20 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. 673-7758
Mfr. Part No.89361-720LF
$4.182
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20 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. 162-2029
Mfr. Part No.89361-712SLF
$0.917
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12 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. 714-2448
Mfr. Part No.89361-712SLF
$2.156
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12 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. 714-2445
Mfr. Part No.89361-720SLF
$6.398
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20 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. 162-2043
Mfr. Part No.89361-720SLF
$2.708
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20 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. 170-8841
Mfr. Part No.71600-034LF
$2.837
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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. 771-0082
Mfr. Part No.71600-034LF
$3.145
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C 105°C 1 kV ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 673-7733
Mfr. Part No.89361-708LF
$2.126
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8 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 170-8815
Mfr. Part No.89361-708LF
$2.413
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8 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 673-7739
Mfr. Part No.89361-706LF
$1.432
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6 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. 673-7708
Mfr. Part No.71600-008LF
$1.42
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8 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. 170-8817
Mfr. Part No.89361-706LF
$0.761
Each (In a Tube of 55)
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6 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 182-2958
Mfr. Part No.71600-120LF
$759.69
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount - IDC 1A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 170-8810
Mfr. Part No.71600-008LF
$1.09
Each (In a Tube of 40)
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8 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. 182-3099
Mfr. Part No.71600-120LF
$16.65
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