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. 161-4123
Mfr. Part No.5-103960-5
SGD2.191
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6 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight Crimp 3A Tin over Nickel AMPMODU MTE -65°C +105°C - Copper
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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
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6 2 Female 2.54mm - - - 3A Gold Quickie -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-9986
Mfr. Part No.3-216093-4
SGD4.361
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34 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin AMP-LATCH -55°C +85°C 250 V ac Phosphor Bronze
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Mfr. Part No.T812106A100CEU
BrandAmphenol
SGD0.75
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6 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40°C +105°C 250 V ac Brass
RS Stock No. 161-8663
Mfr. Part No.2-111626-7
SGD7.507
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26 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 164-3168
Mfr. Part No.2-111623-4
SGD9.111
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40 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 922-9938
Mfr. Part No.09185646813
BrandHARTING
SGD7.301
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64 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2.5A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 163-9459
Mfr. Part No.3-640428-6
SGD0.642
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6 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 192-7388
Mfr. Part No.3421-6620
Brand3M
SGD6.55
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 821-8707
Mfr. Part No.2-111626-7
SGD8.98
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26 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 192-7423
Mfr. Part No.3425-6650
Brand3M
SGD12.57
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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. 535-5478
Mfr. Part No.3-640428-6
SGD0.654
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6 1 Female 3.96mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 7A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 600 V ac Copper Alloy
RS Stock No. 798-1202
Mfr. Part No.2-111623-4
SGD10.93
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40 2 Female 2mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 500mA Gold AMP-LATCH -65°C +105°C 125 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 136-1828
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-4
SGD0.225
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 820-7814
Mfr. Part No.1-1658528-1
SGD4.17
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold AMP-LATCH 636 - - - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-3503
Mfr. Part No.4782837106470
SGD1.438
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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. 163-8359
Mfr. Part No.2-1658527-8
SGD5.73
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 535-4879
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-4
SGD0.273
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4 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-156 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 461-225
Mfr. Part No.2-1658527-8
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34 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
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