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. 323-7889
Mfr. Part No.89120-0101HA
Brand3M
HK$15.65
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 718-5004
Mfr. Part No.552032-1
HK$51.24
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50 - Male 2.16mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3.5A Gold over Nickel CHAMP-LOK - - - Copper
RS Stock No. 535-4964
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-3
HK$1.629
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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3 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. 683-1677
Mfr. Part No.1-353293-5
HK$3.832
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15 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. 121-0876
Mfr. Part No.3414-6000
Brand3M
HK$53.42
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34 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. 461-247
Mfr. Part No.1-1658527-5
HK$67.47
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 165-0420
Mfr. Part No.1-353293-5
HK$2.521
Each (In a Bag of 1000)
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15 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. 923-0957
Mfr. Part No.09170409622
BrandHARTING
HK$45.835
Each (In a Box of 36)
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 625-7252
BrandRS PRO
HK$23.11
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45.0°C 105.0°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 164-7472
Mfr. Part No.3-640429-2
HK$1.929
Each (In a Bag of 500)
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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
RS Stock No. 832-3654
Mfr. Part No.T812116A101CEU
HK$7.18
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40.0°C 105.0°C 250.0 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 670-6136
Mfr. Part No.90327-0316
BrandMolex
HK$6.438
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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16 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. 506-7020
Mfr. Part No.661004151923
HK$7.149
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4 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. 535-5513
Mfr. Part No.3-640429-2
HK$3.48
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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
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40 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 625-7454
BrandRS PRO
HK$22.88
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-389
Mfr. Part No.D24-EG
BrandTempatron
HK$12.507
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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24 - Male - Cable Mount - IDC 1A Gold - -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 535-4970
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-4
HK$1.62
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 163-8321
Mfr. Part No.1-1658527-5
HK$53.96
Each (In a Box of 50)
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 164-8643
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-3
HK$0.946
Each (In a Box of 5000)
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper