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. 922-9831
Mfr. Part No.09185106813
BrandHARTING
£1.03
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 2.5A Gold SEK-18 - - 320 V ac -
RS Stock No. 454-2479
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
£1.25
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 192-7473
Mfr. Part No.89120-0101
Brand3M
£1.14
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.25A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Brass
RS Stock No. 170-9428
Mfr. Part No.1658621-4
£1.09
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 323-7902
Mfr. Part No.89126-0101HA
Brand3M
£1.16
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C 1 kV ac Copper
RS Stock No. 135-4492
Mfr. Part No.1658527-4
£1.65
Each (In a Bag of 50)
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 461-174
Mfr. Part No.1658527-4
£2.03
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH 622 - - - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 832-3483
Mfr. Part No.T812110A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
£1.00
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10 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. 136-1830
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-3
£0.10
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 543-7722
Mfr. Part No.3-640441-3
£0.20
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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3 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 - - 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 535-4857
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-2
£0.19
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2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 5A Tin over Nickel MTA-100 -55°C +105°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 136-1826
Mfr. Part No.3-640440-2
£0.06
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2 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. 462-149
Mfr. Part No.1658525-1
£3.39
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26 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin AMP-LATCH 622 -55°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 164-9156
Mfr. Part No.1658525-1
£3.08
Each (In a Bag of 15)
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26 2 Male 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Tin AMP-LATCH 622 -55°C +125°C - Beryllium Copper
RS Stock No. 832-3525
Mfr. Part No.T812108A100CEU
BrandAmphenol
£1.00
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8 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 3A Gold T812 -40.0°C 105.0°C 250.0 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 192-7350
Mfr. Part No.3473-6610
Brand3M
£2.13
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel 3000 -55°C +105°C - Copper
RS Stock No. 192-7518
Mfr. Part No.89150-0101
Brand3M
£1.49
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50 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1.25A Gold over Nickel 891 -55°C +105°C - Brass
RS Stock No. 909-4391
Mfr. Part No.M50-3300542
BrandHARWIN
£1.74
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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10 2 Female 1.27mm Cable Mount Right Angle Crimp 1A Gold Archer M50 -40°C +105°C 1 kV ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 832-3654
Mfr. Part No.T812116A101CEU
BrandAmphenol
£1.00
Each
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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. 454-2384
Mfr. Part No.1658621-6
£2.00
Each
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 1A Gold over Nickel AMP-LATCH Novo -65°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
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