IDC (Insulation Displacement Connector) connectors are commonly used in electronics and telecommunications applications where a large number of wires need to be connected quickly and efficiently. These connectors work by using sharp teeth or blades to pierce the insulation of the flat cable, making contact with the conductors inside. This creates a secure and reliable electrical connection between the cable and the connector.
One of the most common uses of IDC connectors is in computers and data storage devices. They are commonly used in hard drives and other data storage devices to connect the internal cables to the PCB. These connectors allow for fast and reliable connections between the various components of the device, ensuring that data can be transferred quickly and efficiently. Other applications of IDC connectors include telecommunications and automotive.
Amphenol's IDC Connector Types
FCI Basics Quickie IDC Connector
The FCI Basics Quickie® by Amphenol is an all-in-one solution for connecting flat cables to circuit boards using 2.54mm pitch IDC technology. These connectors are not only cost-effective, but also highly durable, and have specialized features such as polarization, plating, and structure.
IDC Connector Design
The headers are low profile and are available in shrouded versions, with or without eject latches. The receptacles have strain relief covers that ensure precise alignment. The connectors also feature a pre-loaded adjustable bridge-type cover, which reduces assembly time and offers reliable termination. It protects the contacts and ensures precise cover-to-base alignment, making it an ideal choice for a secure and reliable connection.
IDC Connector Pinout Design
Four-walled shrouded headers are designed to protect pins in an unmated condition and prevent misalignment. This feature provides added security to ensure that the pins are not damaged during transportation or handling. Selective plated pins of headers are an excellent cost-efficient option for maintaining high-quality performance. Eject latch headers have a unique lock and eject system that minimizes the amount of PCB space required and allows for dense packaging design. These products meet industry qualifications and are proven to be reliable according to DIN 41651, HE10, and BT D2632 standards.
The Minitek127® cable-to-board series is a family of IDC connectors with a pitch of 1.27mm. These connectors come in a range of positions from 6 to 100 and include straight and right angle configurations, as well as surface mount and through mount options. Additionally, the family offers headers with and without eject latch, and various plating variations such as gold flash, 0.25µm gold, and 0.76µm gold.
Amphenol offers the FCI Basics Minitek® series of IDC connectors for board-to-board and wire/cable-to-board connections with a pitch of 2.00mm. It offers a fully modular system that facilitates various types of connections among PCBs, wires, and flat cables. The IDC connector’s 2mm spacing allows for up to 38% space savings when compared to conventional modular systems.