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Switch development kits speed up design cycle, reduce cost

Posted: 30 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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NKK's SMARTSWITCH development kit

NKK Switches delivers SMARTSWITCH development kits for rapid prototyping. Available in three versions, these kits are designed to speed up the design cycle and reduce development costs.

The IS-Dev Kit-1 kit consists of one SMARTSWITCH programmable LCD display module and two PC-board mounted tact switches for engineers to select and display different graphics. IS-Dev Kit-2 kit comes with two SMARTSWITCH LCD programmable pushbutton switches. Both of these kits are offered on a PC-board with flash memory, power and programming connections. Lastly, IS-Dev Kit-3 kit is a panel display unit that includes two SMARTSWITCH LCD pushbuttons and one SMARTSWITCH LCD display.

According to the company, the units have sockets for the LCD pushbuttons and displays that allow them to be interchanged for optimal design testing. Engineers can choose among a variety of LED backlighting color, intensity and LCD display combinations within the SMARTSWITCH series. The board measures 3.04-by-1.18 inches with power rating of 150mA at 9V.

Besides the development kits, NKK offers a SMARTSWITCH demonstration kit, which is used for displaying up to 64 bitmaps that have been created on the user's PC via the software and USB cable (supplied). This kit also consists of a switch or display module. Once downloaded, the bitmaps can be displayed and advanced by means of the address control lines without the need of a PC, said NKK.

In addition, Designers can program text, draw graphics and evaluate their design concepts using NKK's Design Online tools. Once completed, these programs can be downloaded into the development kit, which enables engineers to test their programs on SMARTSWITCH pushbuttons and displays.

Development kits can be purchased online. The IS-Dev Kit-2 is priced at $169.

- Gina Ross

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