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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RS Stock No. 859-9555
Mfr. Part No.65801-015LF
HK$14.977
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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. 170-8843
Mfr. Part No.71600-026LF
HK$12.577
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26 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. 771-0088
Mfr. Part No.71600-026LF
HK$15.446
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26 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. 860-2180
Mfr. Part No.89947-116LF
HK$3.967
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16 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 859-9441
Mfr. Part No.52601-S10-8LF
HK$12.337
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Surface Mount Straight Solder 3A Gold over Nickel Quickie -65°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 182-2886
Mfr. Part No.71600-064LF
HK$16.388
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount - IDC 1A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 860-2398
Mfr. Part No.65801-063LF
HK$9.699
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2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 2A Tin Clincher -65°C +105°C 500 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 714-2448
Mfr. Part No.89361-712SLF
HK$12.84
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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. 860-2499
Mfr. Part No.65801-038LF
HK$16.686
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9 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 2A Tin Clincher -65°C +105°C 500 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 162-2062
Mfr. Part No.89361-708SLF
HK$9.055
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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
RS Stock No. 182-3086
Mfr. Part No.89947-720LF
HK$18.525
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20 2 Female 2mm - - - 2A Gold Minitek -65°C +105°C - -
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Mfr. Part No.89361-344LF
HK$26.07
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44 2 Female 2mm - - - 2A Gold Minitek -65°C +105°C - Copper
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Mfr. Part No.10125116-214LF
HK$21.12
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Through Hole - - 3A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 182-2272
Mfr. Part No.71922-264LF
HK$22.866
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64 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 3A Gold over Tin Quickie -65°C +125°C 1.5 kV ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 182-2197
Mfr. Part No.65801-035LF
HK$9.078
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6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Vertical Crimp 2A Gold Clincher -65°C +105°C 500 V ac Copper Nickel Tin Alloy
RS Stock No. 860-2540
Mfr. Part No.89947-340LF
HK$22.861
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40 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold Minitek -40°C +105°C 650 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 860-2118
Mfr. Part No.75869-330LF
HK$2.706
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4 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Straight Solder 3A Tin over Nickel Quickie -65°C +105°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 170-8819
Mfr. Part No.89361-712LF
HK$9.221
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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 Copper
RS Stock No. 162-2025
Mfr. Part No.89361-710SLF
HK$8.793
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10 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. 860-2323
Mfr. Part No.71600-310LF
HK$5.472
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze