IDC (Re: Archive 5945C)

From: Pete Turnbull <>
Date: Fri Feb 27 02:02:08 2004

On Feb 26, 13:43, Paul Koning wrote:
> >>>>> "Jay" == Jay West <> writes:
> Jay> I once ran across an article stating the "expected life" of IDC
> Jay> ribbon cable connections. It was suprisingly low, like 64
> Jay> connect/disconnect lifespan.
> That's about 63 more than I would expect. Those things really are
> meant to be reused.

Jay is not talking about fitting the ribbon cable to the connector, but
to connecting/disconnecting it to its mating connector. Class 3
conectors are rated for about that many mating cycles, Class 2 for 3 to
5 times that, and Class 1 for upwards of 400 cycles. You might be
surprised to know that the figures are about the same for many other
types of small multipole connectors.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Fri Feb 27 2004 - 02:02:08 GMT

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