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. 189-9441
Mfr. Part No.661003151922
HK$7.356
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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. 506-6954
Mfr. Part No.661007152023
HK$6.102
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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. 163-3496
Mfr. Part No.4782836107470
HK$10.919
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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. 163-3502
Mfr. Part No.4782837104470
HK$5.484
Each (In a Tube of 55)
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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. 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. 163-3129
Mfr. Part No.4782837106440
HK$6.612
Each (In a Tube of 36)
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6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9485
Mfr. Part No.661006151922
HK$8.644
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6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-3127
Mfr. Part No.4782837105440
HK$6.766
Each (In a Tube of 44)
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5 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9463
Mfr. Part No.661004151922
HK$6.024
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9479
Mfr. Part No.661005151922
HK$7.31
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5 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-3492
Mfr. Part No.4782836103470
HK$6.298
Each (In a Tube of 72)
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3 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. 189-9536
Mfr. Part No.661012151922
HK$19.724
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12 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9609
Mfr. Part No.661008152022
HK$12.276
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8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-3495
Mfr. Part No.4782836106470
HK$8.664
Each (In a Tube of 36)
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6 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. 506-6897
Mfr. Part No.661002152023
HK$5.897
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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2 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. 189-9621
Mfr. Part No.661012152022
HK$20.552
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12 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9558
Mfr. Part No.661003152022
HK$7.54
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. 163-3130
Mfr. Part No.4782837107440
HK$8.558
Each (In a Tube of 30)
units
7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-3125
Mfr. Part No.4782836107440
HK$9.00
Each (In a Tube of 30)
units
7 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 162-1353
Mfr. Part No.4782837105470
HK$3.788
Each (In a Tube of 44)
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5 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze