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 - IDCs 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 - IDCs 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. 471-042
BrandRS PRO
HK$22.88
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16 - Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 502-4657
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-10D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$24.57
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 625-7369
BrandRS PRO
HK$22.88
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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. 164-3285
Mfr. Part No.4-643814-6
HK$24.323
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16 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 163-8336
Mfr. Part No.1658525-2
HK$58.114
Each (In a Bag of 11)
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34 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin AMP-LATCH 622 -55°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 462-155
Mfr. Part No.1658525-2
HK$59.29
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34 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin AMP-LATCH 622 -55°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 797-3075
Mfr. Part No.4-643814-6
HK$26.41
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16 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 5A Tin MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 189-9441
Mfr. Part No.661003151922
HK$7.322
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 324-8053
Mfr. Part No.90327-0306
BrandMolex
HK$6.37
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6 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. 100-8588
Mfr. Part No.09170149622
BrandHARTING
HK$33.16
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14 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 923-0944
Mfr. Part No.09170149622
BrandHARTING
HK$28.508
Each (In a Box of 130)
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14 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin SEK-17 - - - -
RS Stock No. 192-7489
Mfr. Part No.89134-0101
Brand3M
HK$11.78
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.25A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 163-9464
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-6
HK$2.27
Each (In a Bag of 2000)
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6 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. 322-1042
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-16D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$29.87
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 454-2362
Mfr. Part No.1658621-1
HK$9.81
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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. 535-5002
Mfr. Part No.3-640442-6
HK$2.90
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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6 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. 859-9555
Mfr. Part No.65801-015LF
HK$16.768
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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15 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 2A Tin Clincher -65°C +105°C 500 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 896-0994
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-26PD-2.54R-MC
BrandHirose
HK$110.57
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26 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Nickel HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 922-9856
Mfr. Part No.09185266813
BrandHARTING
HK$18.411
Each (In a Box of 100)
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2.5A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 842-8052
Mfr. Part No.1-103648-5
HK$19.183
Each (In a Lot of 15)
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16 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A - AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
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