IDC Flat Ribbon Cable Connector

IDC Flat Ribbon Cable Connector

The IDC flat ribbon cable connector system provides a reliable and cost effective modular approach to electronic interconnection. The flat ribbon cables used with this connector range have 10 to 64 (28AWG) conductors on a 1.27mm pitch.



Insulation displacement contacts (IDCs) allow a ribbon cable to be forced onto sharp tines on the back of the contacts; this action pierces the insulation of all the wires simultaneously. This is a very quick means of assembly whether done by hand or automatically. The modular design of headers, sockets, etc. offers a very reliable mass termination and cost effective approach to interconnecting PCBs, or wire-to-board, separable header/socket or dual-in-line applications. Shrouded headers provide a polarised guide for mating socket connectors. Locking ears provide latching for mated pairs plus they can also act as ejectors for unmating when required.

Outstanding features of this ribbon cable connector are high contact reliability, long life and low contact resistance.


Key Features

Key Features

  • Fast, reliable ribbon cable termination
  • Compatible with industry standard IDC’s
  • Wide range of sizes and styles
  • Cable harnessing service.
  • Satisfies the requirements of BT224, BS9525 F0023, BS9525 F0026, MIL-C-83503 and DIN 41651.



  • Insulator – PBT GF or similar UL94-VO
  • Contacts – Copper alloy
  • Contact plating – gold over nickel ot tin plate


  • Current – 1A
  • Insulation Resistance – >10 to 12th Ohm
  • Proof voltage – 1000 V eff
  • Working voltage – 250 V


  • Quality Class 3 – 50 cycles
  • Quality Class 2 – 400 cycles
  • Quality Class 1 – 500 cycles


  • Working temperature – -65 to 150C


  • Sockets
  • Headers
  • Low Profile Box Header
  • Low Profile D.I.P.
  • Low Profile D.I.P.
  • 4 Row Transition Connector
  • IDC Edgecard Connector
  • IDC D Connector
  • IDC DIN 41612
  • 10-64 contacts


Due to its flexibility, ribbon cable is used where there is limited space to connect components together. Ribbon cables are much used connecting internal peripherals in computers, such as hard drives, CD drives and floppy drives as well as in printers, laptops and other electronic devices. Miniaturised versions of ribbon cable, referred to as flexible flat cable or FFC, are a common component in laptops, mobile phones and other consumer electronics products. IDC termination systems are also found in military and industrial equipment, the automotive industry and aviation