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. 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. 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. 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. 896-0981
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-16PD-2.54R-MC
BrandHirose
HK$101.59
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16 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. 764-4565
Mfr. Part No.DH40-17S
BrandHirose
HK$70.36
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17 2 Male 1mm Through Hole Straight Solder 500mA Gold DH -25°C +85°C 125 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 322-1058
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-20D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$21.74
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 322-1121
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-64D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$60.94
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 896-0991
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-34PD-2.54R-MC
BrandHirose
HK$121.72
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34 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. 896-1004
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-40PD-2.54R-MC
BrandHirose
HK$131.86
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40 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. 322-1070
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-34D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$36.94
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 896-0884
Mfr. Part No.HIF3B-50D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$57.09
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 176-7330
Mfr. Part No.HIF3MAW-64D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$46.44
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold, Nickel HIF3MAW -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 185-0371
Mfr. Part No.DF1-3S-2.5R24(05)
BrandHirose
HK$4.002
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3 1 Female 2.5mm - - IDC 3A Tin DF1 -30°C +85°C 250 V ac, 650 V ac Phosphor Copper
RS Stock No. 896-0733
Mfr. Part No.HIF3A-20D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$76.97
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold over Nickel HIF3A -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 162-5763
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-16PA-2.54WB(71)
BrandHirose
HK$45.10
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16 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 650 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 896-0985
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-20PD-2.54R-MC
BrandHirose
HK$99.56
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20 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. 162-5768
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-34PA-2.54WB(71)
BrandHirose
HK$61.62
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34 2 Male 2.54mm Through Hole Right Angle Solder 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 650 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 176-7336
Mfr. Part No.HIF3MAW-50D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$34.88
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold, Nickel HIF3MAW -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 502-4679
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-30D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$35.54
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30 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 896-0941
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BB-64D-2.54R
BrandHirose
HK$76.17
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold HIF3B -55°C +85°C 200 V ac Beryllium Copper