[sdiy] IDC, Pin Headers, Ribbon Wire: Where to start?

Tim Ressel timr at circuitabbey.com
Tue Aug 22 17:03:05 CEST 2017


Basically you use a standard pin header on the board. By standard I mean 
0.1" spacing dual row headers. You do have to make sure you don't get 
one with ling pins. The standard pin length is about 0.32"

You can find a crimp tool here:


Its the one I use and it works okay. The yellow spacer likes to pop out 
but some double-faced tape fixed that right up. You can also find the 
same tool on eBay. Search for "IDC Crimp".

Ribbon connectors are always 2 row so the pin count is always even. They 
start at 6 pins and go up. The ribbon cable comes in various sizes and 
can be trimmed down by simply pulling off the unwanted wired. So you can 
get bigger wire and make it the size you need. I always use the grey 
ribbon with a red stripe that denotes pin 1.

Various surplus houses on the internet often have connectors and wire: 
MPJA, All Tronics, All Electronics, BG Micro, etc.

I hope that helps.


On 8/21/2017 9:28 PM, Youssef Menebhi wrote:
> Greetings,
> I found this list while searching for answers to this question, so I 
> hope that I've come to the right place.
> I prototype circuits on standard blank PCB - but have never learned 
> very much about organized fabrication. I would like to come up with a 
> simple solution to use 10-pin ribbon wire to connect boards together. 
> I am very uncertain about the standard sizes, terminology, and best 
> practices, though. Would people here be willing to share some of their 
> methods?
> Sincerely,
> Youssef
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--Tim Ressel
Circuit Abbey
timr at circuitabbey.com

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