Making wine in Shenzhen: Double row IDC cable kit


Often it’s not clear exactly what connector, button, switch, or part is the best choice for a project. We end up making a last minute order of 1 or 2 of any likely candidate from Mouser or Digikey. That sets the project off by about a week while we dig through datasheets and websites, make CAD footprints, and wait for the order to be delivered.

To banish this annoying time sink we’re working with Oomlout to release complete kits of parts. Each set will be nicely labeled, well organized, and have open source datasheets, renderings, and CAD footprints for Eagle and KiCAD. We call it wine making because Ian hand plucks each part from Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen. We’re posting now to get your feedback, the final kit will be available in a couple weeks.

Previously we presented the Single row cable kit and the Keyed connectors kit . Today we release our idea for the Double row IDC cable kit. We use IDC cables and connectors all the time with our projects. They provide for a high number of connections while not taking up too much PCB real estate. Due to a notch in the PCB headers, and a extrusion on the cable connector there is only one way to make a connection, eliminating ambiguity.

Head below to check out the contents, then please let us know what we forgot or what you find useless!


The PCB double row IDC connector uses the standard 0.1” pitch and comes with a notched shroud. We added 8 different sizes including the ones used by the Bus Pirate, Bus Blaster and Raspberry Pie.

  • 10x PCB IDC connectors 6 pin (2×3)
  • 10x PCB IDC connectors 8 pin (2×4)
  • 10x PCB IDC connectors 10 pin (2×5)
  • 10x PCB IDC connectors 12 pin (2×6)
  • 10x PCB IDC connectors 14 pin (2×7)
  • 5x PCB IDC connectors 20 pin (2×10)
  • 5x PCB IDC connectors 26 pin (2×13)
  • 5x PCB IDC connectors 40 pin (2×20)


The cable double row IDC connector uses the standard 0.1” pitch and fits the above mentioned PCB connectors.  The header doesn’t require any tools to fit onto a cable.

  • 10x Cable IDC connectors 6 pin (2×3)
  • 10x Cable IDC connectors 8 pin (2×4)
  • 10x Cable IDC connectors 10 pin (2×5)
  • 10x Cable IDC connectors 12 pin (2×6)
  • 10x Cable IDC connectors 14 pin (2×7)
  • 5x Cable IDC connectors 20 pin (2×10)
  • 5x Cable IDC connectors 26 pin (2×13)
  • 5x Cable IDC connectors 40 pin (2×20)

Also included in the pack is 1 meter of 40 wire high quality cable, and zip ties to help tidy up your project’s cabling installations.

Forgot something useful? Included the wrong stuff? Please let us know and we’ll update the contents before the kits are finalized.

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  1. SMD versions with reasonable extra cost would be very handy for prototype PCBs made at home – I tend to avoid drilling tens of holes somehow :)

  2. The 2×13 is used on the raspberry-pi, and isn’t always easy to find in small quantities. So I’d want more of those. As others commented, the zip-ties don’t add much value, so only include them if they don’t up the cost.

  3. Whatever happened to the Bus Pirate kit? I’ve been holding off on getting a bus pirate because I want the adventurous kit, but I think I’m going to need it soon!

    +1 on no zipties. They are useful, but easy to buy on their own. I would rather more connectors and less zips.

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