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solderless breadboard and idc connector question

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Jack Snodgrass, Dec 28, 2003.

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  1. This may be a stupid question ( or the wrong group ) but....
    Is there a 'standard' way to attach an IDC connector to a solderless
    breadboard?

    If you just plug in an IDC header, pins 1&2, 3&4, 5&6, etc will
    all be connected so I can't do this.

    Right now, I have a bunch of wires stuck into the IDC Female
    connector and then plugged into the breadboard, but that's not
    very stable.

    Thanks - jack
     
  2. You can plug a second cable to the first with a header to reverse the
    pin numbers a second time.
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    Merry Christmas!

    Take care, and God bless.
    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  3. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    This may be a stupid question ( or the wrong group ) but....
    Good morning, Jack. There isn't a standard way that I'm aware of, but I can
    offer two suggestions:

    1) Use a small piece of perfboard along with an IDC header and two rows of wire
    wrap SIP socket pins to build an adapter which plugs into the Ace board (did
    this one -- ouch for the Ace board sockets, wire wrap posts are a little big).

    2) If your IDC connector is 14, 16, 24 or 40 pins, you might want to try one
    of the DIP terminated IDC connectors (shown on p. 22 of the current DigiKey
    catalog) with your standard IDC on the other end (they don't make these --
    you'd have to terminate the standard IDC side yourself). (Should've thought
    far enough ahead to try this one).

    Neither of these options is going to do wonders for high speed signals, but
    since you're using a solderless breadboard that's not really an issue.

    Good luck
    Chris
     
  4. -----------------
    IDC uses big square pins that are too big for solderless BB holes.
    Solder the smaller pins suitable for SBB's to each pin, and plug it
    in.

    -Steve
     
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