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Key switches deliver tactile, LED feedback

Posted: 26 Nov 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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K6, K12 key switches

From C&K Components come the K6 and K12 series of key switches offered in detect or single- or double-action tactile feedback versions for low-level switching applications.

"The key switches are offered with an extensive range of LED colors, travel and actuator force options, and also feature extended life cycles and sealing to IP67 requirements for use in harsh environments," said Rodolphe Gie, product manager for C&K Components. "The versatility and high reliability of these products allow us to meet all of our customers' application-specific needs in the automotive, industrial and off-road markets."

Specific applications for the K6 and K12 key switches include window lifts, seat adjustments and steering wheel functions in the automotive arena, as well as command panels for industrial and off-road equipment such as excavators, fork lifts and tractors.

Featuring electrical and mechanical life to 1,000 cycles and self-cleaning contacts, actuation force for the momentary action K6 and K12 series key switches ranges from 1.5N to 9N, with a mechanical travel range from 1mm to 2mm. RoHS-compliant and compatible with Pb-free wave soldering processes, the miniature K6 key switch measures just 11mm x 7.4mm x 8.4mm while the K12 key switch measures 12mm x 11mm x 11mm.

Typical pricing for the K6 and K12 series key switches ranges from $0.40 to $1 each in quantities of 25,000 pieces. Lead time is from six to nine weeks.

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