All flat ribbon assemblies as well as round ribbon cable assemblies may be custom made to any length and with any configuration. Round
ribbon cables are designed to allow for maximum air flow in the case.
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A Guide to Ribbon Cable
A ribbon cable is a cable with many conducting wires running parallel to each other on the same flat plane. As a result, the cable
is wide and flat, rather than round like more "traditional" cables. Its name comes from the resemblance of the cable to a piece of ribbon (which is likewise wide and flat).
When radio frequency signals are transmitted via coaxial cable or ribbon cable, the impedance of the cable is significant in
determining the load placed on the source and the efficiency of the transmission.
Flat Cable sizes:
For computer use, ribbon cables are usually specified by two numbers: the spacing or pitch
of the conductors, and the number of conductors or ways.
Flat Cable connectors:
Because of the large number of conductors or 'ways' in most ribbon cables, it is not practical to solder them individually to the pins of a connector. Instead, 'insulation displacement
connectors' are used, in which the ribbon cable is forced onto a row of sharp forked contacts. (The phrase 'IDC connector' is widely used, even though it is redundant. Each contact
pierces ('displaces') the insulation of one conductor and grips the copper core. Although it is sometimes possible to dismantle and re-use IDC connectors, they are not designed to allow this.
Popular types of connectors available with IDC termination include:
- BT224 connector - also defined by BS9525-F0023, DIN41651, MIL-C-83503
standards; these are the type used on ATA cables and are often simply called 'IDC connectors'. They mate with either a purpose-made plug or a two-row grid of header pins with 0.1 inch (2.54 mm) spacing.
- D-subminiature D-subminiature or D-sub is a common type of electrical connector
used particularly for serial ports and printer ports.
- DIN41612 connector - used for Eurocard buses.
- RJ-xx connectors used for telephone and Ethernet cables.