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Connecting idc 2x10 to breadboard

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Ian Hunter, Jul 5, 2003.

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  1. Ian Hunter

    Ian Hunter Guest

    Hi Folks,

    I need to connect 2x10 idc socket through to breadboard (I assume a
    1x20 header).

    Anybody know the easiest way to do this? I assume soldering 1x20
    ribbon is going to be tooooo tricky.

    Many Thanks
    Ian Hunter
  2. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    I usually terminate the ribbon cables headed to breadboards with an IDC
    DIP pin header. Those have the right spacing to reach across the gap
    between the two parallel breadboard rows. Either make a special cable
    for breadboarding or make an adapter for the 2x10 to DIP.

    I'd pass on a part number but I still have a bunch of these left over
    from older projects and haven't needed to look it up for a while...
  3. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    You don't say what kind of breadboard. If it's like solder-in
    breadboard, it's possible, albeit quite tedious to solder-in
    ribbon cable. Rich's idea of a DIP plug for that is good -
    just solder-in a socket. This will also work with the plug-
    in type (which I forget the name of - ProtoBoard?), but I've
    been known to split the end inch or so of the ribbon cable,
    strip about 3/16" (5mm) from each lead, tin it, and plug
    the tinned wire right into the protoboard. A tweezer helps
    here, and some patience. Actual IDC connectors would be
    probably overkill, but they work good in final designs.

    Good Luck!
  4. Ian Hunter

    Ian Hunter Guest

    Thanks to the two Rich's for responding.

    BTW: The type of board is 'plug-in' - I hadn't realised there was any
    other type.

    I've got plenty of ideas now. It's confirmed that there's no 'off the
    shelf' solution here and I need to get the iron dirty.

    Again, many thanks
    Ian Hunter
  5. David Harmon

    David Harmon Guest

  6. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! ;-) Not a dirty iron!.. You know what they say
    about 'dirty irons', don't you?

    Kinda like what they say about Surrey Girls.. LOL!
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