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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Noah, Dec 21, 2005.

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  1. Noah

    Noah Guest

    I'm looking for a quick way to connect two ribbon cable ends. Besides
    using crimp-on male and female connectors on the two cables and joining
    them, is there some type of connector I can look for? Maybe I can just
    cram two cables into a normal IDC female crimp connector?

    Noisy or messy is OK. It just needs to be easy to use and reasonably
    strong.

    Thanks
     
  2. Assuming that an unstated requirement is to connect each and every
    wire securely and without shorts, go with the male and female, or
    (better) replace the entire ribbon cable with a more appropriate one.

    That's assuming 50mil pitch or finer.. if it's 100 mils then you can
    just do lap joints or solder it into stripboard.


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  3. Noah

    Noah Guest

    Yes, I want to connect each wire securely from one cable to its
    respective wire on the other cable. 50mil.
    I'm looking for something quick that a layman can use, so soldering is
    out. A male and female would work fine, I was just wondering if there
    was anything simpler/cheaper :).
     
  4. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Well, if you design the connectors on the interconnected boards so that they
    expect the rows to be interchanged, then you can get away with just using a
    long dual-row header for shorting the two IDCs together! (E.g., pin 1 ends up
    as 2, 2-->1, 3-->4, 4-->3, etc.)

    Using a single female-female cable twice as long is really a lot better... if
    you use something that shows up commonly in the PC industry (such a IDC-40),
    you can find the connectors for next to nothing.
     
  5. If your time is free, you could just solder them.

    Don't forget the heat-shrink!

    Good Luck!
    Rich
     
  6. markp

    markp Guest

    I guess what you need would be like a transition connector, but with both
    ends having cable connections. I don't think such a thing exists though, the
    male and female approach is the simplest I think.

    Mark
     
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