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. 161-8510
Mfr. Part No.353293-8
HK$2.03
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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8 1 Female 1.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A Tin over Nickel AMP Mini CT -30°C +105°C 50 V ac, 50 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 847-5556
Mfr. Part No.2178712-8
HK$3.81
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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8 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1.3A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch - - 100 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 161-4960
Mfr. Part No.2178712-8
HK$1.99
Each (On a Reel of 2500)
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8 2 Male 1.27mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1.3A Tin over Nickel Micro-MaTch - - 100 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 683-1715
Mfr. Part No.353293-8
HK$2.99
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
8 1 Female 1.5mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 2A Tin over Nickel AMP Mini CT -30°C +105°C 50 V ac, 50 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-3496
Mfr. Part No.4782836107470
HK$5.716
Each (In a Tube of 30)
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7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 161-4734
Mfr. Part No.173977-6
HK$3.152
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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6 1 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2A Tin AMP CT - - 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 670-6167
Mfr. Part No.90327-3316
BrandMolex
HK$15.512
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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16 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.2A Gold over Nickel Picoflex -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 680-1294
Mfr. Part No.173977-6
HK$4.89
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
6 1 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2A Tin AMP CT - - 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 135-4492
Mfr. Part No.1658527-4
HK$17.767
Each (In a Bag of 50)
units
10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 506-6954
Mfr. Part No.661007152023
HK$6.102
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 670-6133
Mfr. Part No.90327-0320
BrandMolex
HK$8.72
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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20 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.2A Tin over Nickel Picoflex -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 461-174
Mfr. Part No.1658527-4
HK$21.35
Each
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 625-7381
BrandRS PRO
HK$24.02
Each
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55.0°C 105.0°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-0857
Mfr. Part No.5-643814-0
HK$23.585
Each (In a Box of 500)
units
20 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 323-7946
Mfr. Part No.89140-0101HA
Brand3M
HK$26.78
Each
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40 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. 535-5513
Mfr. Part No.3-640429-2
HK$3.48
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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2 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 100-8601
Mfr. Part No.09170409622
BrandHARTING
HK$53.31
Each
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 164-2793
Mfr. Part No.1658621-5
HK$13.044
Each (In a Box of 600)
units
24 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel, Gold over Palladium Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 535-4970
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-4
HK$1.62
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 798-1218
Mfr. Part No.2-111626-4
HK$34.30
Each
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8 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
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