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. 189-9441
Mfr. Part No.661003151922
HK$5.954
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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
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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
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. 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$5.769
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 163-3127
Mfr. Part No.4782837105440
HK$6.394
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$4.872
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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. 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$8.602
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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. 189-9479
Mfr. Part No.661005151922
HK$7.276
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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. 163-3498
Mfr. Part No.4782836112470
HK$20.304
Each (In a Tube of 18)
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12 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. 506-6948
Mfr. Part No.661006152023
HK$8.78
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 163-3499
Mfr. Part No.4782837102470
HK$4.196
Each (In a Tube of 110)
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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. 163-3126
Mfr. Part No.4782836112440
HK$16.938
Each (In a Tube of 18)
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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. 189-9520
Mfr. Part No.661010151922
HK$8.454
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10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9508
Mfr. Part No.661008151922
HK$9.756
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 163-3501
Mfr. Part No.4782837103470
HK$6.298
Each (In a Tube of 72)
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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. 163-3504
Mfr. Part No.4782837108470
HK$12.033
Each (In a Tube of 26)
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8 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$17.234
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 506-6960
Mfr. Part No.661008152023
HK$12.031
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
8 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze