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. 189-9463
Mfr. Part No.661004151922
£0.524
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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. 189-9435
Mfr. Part No.661002151922
£0.478
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2 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
£0.752
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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. 163-3129
Mfr. Part No.4782837106440
£0.548
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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. 163-3501
Mfr. Part No.4782837103470
£0.522
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. 506-7014
Mfr. Part No.661003151923
£0.71
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 163-3124
Mfr. Part No.4782836106440
£0.58
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. 189-9586
Mfr. Part No.661006152022
£0.786
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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. 163-3122
Mfr. Part No.4782836104440
£0.366
Each (In a Tube of 55)
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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. 506-6998
Mfr. Part No.661002151923
£0.513
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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. 163-3499
Mfr. Part No.4782837102470
£0.348
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. 189-9564
Mfr. Part No.661004152022
£0.548
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 189-9520
Mfr. Part No.661010151922
£0.716
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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. 189-9542
Mfr. Part No.661002152022
£0.486
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2 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Tin Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 189-9441
Mfr. Part No.661003151922
£0.64
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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. 506-6910
Mfr. Part No.661004152023
£0.622
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. 163-3502
Mfr. Part No.4782837104470
£0.454
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
£0.622
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. 162-1357
Mfr. Part No.4782836110470
£0.69
Each (In a Tube of 20)
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10 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. 506-6976
Mfr. Part No.661010152023
£1.654
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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10 1 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Right Angle IDC 3A Gold over Nickel Autocom -55°C +125°C 500 V ac Phosphor Bronze