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. 121-6785
Mfr. Part No.61201023021
£0.314
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8373
Mfr. Part No.61201023021
£0.45
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10 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8200
Mfr. Part No.690157000672
£0.484
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6 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 121-6765
Mfr. Part No.690157000672
£0.431
Each (In a Tube of 52)
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6 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 121-6786
Mfr. Part No.61201623021
£0.51
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8382
Mfr. Part No.61201623021
£0.56
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16 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 121-6788
Mfr. Part No.61202623021
£1.117
Each (In a Tray of 42)
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8389
Mfr. Part No.61202623021
£1.228
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26 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 771-8212
Mfr. Part No.690157001072
£0.786
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10 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 121-6767
Mfr. Part No.690157001072
£0.715
Each (In a Tube of 36)
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10 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 771-8228
Mfr. Part No.690207100472
£0.356
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4 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 172-5196
Mfr. Part No.690207100472
£0.323
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4 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 771-8231
Mfr. Part No.690207100872
£0.734
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8 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 163-4497
Mfr. Part No.690207100872
£0.677
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8 2 Male 1.27 mm, 2.54 mm Through Hole Straight Solder 1A Tin over Nickel WR-MM -40°C +105°C - Phosphor Bronze
RS Stock No. 121-6813
Mfr. Part No.61204023021
£0.921
Each (In a Tray of 30)
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -
RS Stock No. 823-6623
Mfr. Part No.61204023021
£2.00
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40 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -
RS Stock No. 121-6787
Mfr. Part No.61202023021
£0.715
Each (In a Tray of 54)
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 163-5247
Mfr. Part No.61201025821
£3.402
Each (In a Tray of 120)
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10 2 - 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -
RS Stock No. 771-8385
Mfr. Part No.61202023021
£0.834
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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20 2 Female 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A Gold WR-BHD -40°C +125°C 250 V ac Copper
RS Stock No. 823-6632
Mfr. Part No.61201025821
£5.19
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10 2 - 2.54mm Cable Mount Straight IDC 1A - WR-BHD - - 250 V ac -