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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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. 642-5073
BrandRS PRO
PHP96.19
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10 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold - -40°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 642-5001
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-216
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PHP131.14
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20 - Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 642-4985
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PHP168.32
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 642-5051
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PHP93.38
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16 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold - -40°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 471-193
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PHP131.14
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 642-4957
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PHP131.14
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 642-4991
BrandRS PRO
PHP68.85
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 642-4963
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PHP131.14
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14 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 642-4941
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PHP155.64
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel - -40°C +105°C 500 V dc Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 471-200
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PHP93.38
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold - -45°C +105°C - -
RS Stock No. 239-1190
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PHP260.69
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14 2 Male 2.18mm Cable Mount Straight Solder 1A Tin - -55.0°C 105.0°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 674-1101
Mfr. Part No.AWP 16-7240-T
PHP28.058
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold, Nickel AWP -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 192-7423
Mfr. Part No.3425-6650
Brand3M
PHP294.83
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 543-7700
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-2
PHP4.859
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2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 136-1829
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-2
PHP4.016
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2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 674-1108
Mfr. Part No.AWP 26-7240-T
PHP27.588
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AWP -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 832-3654
Mfr. Part No.T812116A101CEU
PHP39.00
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40.0°C 105.0°C 250.0 V ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 120-6827
Mfr. Part No.3414-6600
Brand3M
PHP253.99
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 322-1058
Mfr. Part No.HIF3BA-20D-2.54R
BrandHirose
PHP168.63
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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
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