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« on: January 31, 2010, 01:43:38 PM »

Can you point me the right direction for a good source of ribbon cables & connectors?

I've built my ArduiNIX and IN-17 Display Boards all with angle pin headers, forgetting that I needed to plan for cables.  The salvage stuff I have in my junk box is only 17 pins wide, and my board headers are 20 pins, so.....

And for the anode pin headers I only need 4 pins wide....

I'd like to have 6 to 12 inches between my Arduino/ArduiNIX and the Display Board so I can burry the "brains" deeper in my final clocks.

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 02:42:21 PM »

Can you point me the right direction for a good source of ribbon cables & connectors?

I've built my ArduiNIX and IN-17 Display Boards all with angle pin headers, forgetting that I needed to plan for cables.  The salvage stuff I have in my junk box is only 17 pins wide, and my board headers are 20 pins, so.....

And for the anode pin headers I only need 4 pins wide....

I'd like to have 6 to 12 inches between my Arduino/ArduiNIX and the Display Board so I can burry the "brains" deeper in my final clocks.

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What I ususally use is a computer harddrive ribboncable.  I know it's more pins than you need but it is 20 pins wide and it does usually have a short section on one end.

IDE ribbon cable I have stacks of, so that is what I use.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010, 08:11:53 PM »

Hi,

I used IDE cables for a prototype, but to separate the wires and solder them to the nixie socket pins is a bit messy.

I found those cables on eBay and ordered a set to check how they would fit.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1007-AWG22-Dupont-100mm-20pcs-wire-TPK-pin-header_W0QQitemZ250571610265QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a573b5899#ht_3163wt_1167
Seeedstudio also has them, and in different sizes http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/1-pin-dualfemale-jumper-wire-100mm-50pcs-pack-p-260.html?cPath=34

Have fun!

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 08:58:55 AM »

I ordered a set of those dupont connectors, they work great for a few connections but they don't do very well fitting 20 or so connections side by side on the cathode pins. You could probably make it work by shaving a little of the sides of them, but it still might be tight.

I ended up using a very heavily modified IDE cable for my clock.
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 03:14:15 PM »

Ah, I'm using IN-8, so the spacing of the pins is just right. Sorry about that.
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 10:08:29 PM »

I'd also like to know the IDE cable people use. Trying to find a 20 pin single row is proving a little difficult for me. On my test board I soldered connections, but I dont want to go through that again.
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2010, 07:18:21 AM »

I'd also like to know the IDE cable people use. Trying to find a 20 pin single row is proving a little difficult for me. On my test board I soldered connections, but I dont want to go through that again.

I have been using the standard IDE cable from a computer, and only using the top or bottom row of 20 pins.  It works fine, and is readily available.

I don't know of any supplier of only 20 pin wide ribbon cable.
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2011, 04:49:25 PM »

Try these:

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/679-2512/

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/679-5953/

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/679-2471/

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/products/678-3161/

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2013, 11:33:20 AM »

I tried IDE cable at first. It worked but was hard to manage. For my final I ripped all the IDE out and used the pull-apart jumpers from Adafruit. Easy ribbon cable in any width you need.
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