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New version of LCD switch consumes less power

Posted: 25 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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NKK Switches has introduced a new version of its SmartSwitch that consumes less power than the original product, and is 25 percent smaller, which translates into a reduction of panel area real estate.

The new compact SmartSwitch features the same electrical and performance specifications of the original SmartSwitch but the reduced size makes its suitable for the broadcast market. Other applications include industrial control panels, communication systems, audio-video broadcast workstations and simulation equipment.

According to NKK Switches, the new version is designed for systems and designs where size is an issue and a user interface is required.

"Initially, we expect design engineers will specify the compact SmartSwitch for routers that will be used in space-constrained applications like mobile production vans and other small broadcast and production facilities," said Kiyoko Toyama, president of NKK Switches, in a statement.

The SmartSwitch can be programmed to display an infinite variety of text, graphics, or moving images. The LCD provides a wide, high-contrast viewing area of 13.9-by-10.6mm with a 36 x 24 pixel resolution. Mechanical life and electrical life are both rated at 1,000,000 operations minimum.

The SmartSwitch can be specified in single, bi-color and RGB versions. With the RGB version, design engineers are able to create virtually any color illumination with one switch and design customized control panels with project specific colors, including RGB white. The RGB LED option also allows for a low heat solution and low power use. The SmartSwitch also features brighter illumination thanks to a redesigned diffuser that allows for a more even distribution of illumination.

In addition, NKK's entire SmartSwitch line is now available in versions featuring lower power consumption than the original versions. The typical forward current is rated at 15mA and typical power dissipation is 130mW. This improved SmartSwitch line consumes half the energy as its predecessor, which is important for panel applications.

Pricing for the Compact SmartSwitch starts at $25 each in quantities of 100. Delivery is from stock to 12 weeks.

- Gina Roos

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