Development Kit expedites engineering design processes.

Press Release Summary:

SMARTSWITCH(TM) development kit is offered in 3 variations. First consists of one SMARTSWITCH programmable LCD display module and 2 PCB mounted tact switches for engineers to select and display different graphics, while second comes with 2 SMARTSWITCH LCD programmable pushbutton switches. Both come on 3.04 x 1.18 in. PCB with flash memory, power, and programming connections. Third kit is panel display unit with 2 SMARTSWITCH LCD pushbuttons and one SMARTSWITCH LCD display.

Original Press Release:

NKK Switches Announces New SmartSwitch Development Kit

New development kit speeds up design cycle, reduces costs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 5, 2006) - NKK Switches, a leader in the design and manufacturing of electromechanical switches, introduces their SMARTSWITCH(TM) development kit, a cost effective tool for rapidly prototyping new design ideas.

The SMARTSWITCH(TM) development kits are designed for engineers to expedite their design process and reduce development costs. NKK offers three different variations of the development kit. The first consists of one SMARTSWITCH(TM) programmable LCD display module and two PCB mounted tact switches for engineers to select and display different graphics (IS-Dev Kit-1). The second comes with two SMARTSWITCH(TM) LCD programmable pushbutton switches (IS-Dev Kit-2). Both of these kits come on a PC board with flash memory, power and programming connections. The third kit is a panel display unit that includes two SMARTSWITCH(TM) LCD pushbuttons and one SMARTSWITCH(TM) LCD display (IS-Dev Kit-3).

In addition to the development kits, NKK now offers the SMARTSWITCH demonstration kit, which is used for displaying bitmaps, up to 64, that have been created on your PC via the software and USB cable (supplied). This kit 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.

Using the Design Online tools at, engineers can easily program text, draw graphics and experiment with their design concepts. Once completed, these programs can be downloaded into the development kit, which enables engineers to easily test their programs on actual SMARTSWITCH(TM) pushbuttons and displays. Engineers can then present their concepts and product ideas to colleagues and with clients. Development kits can be ordered on-line at the same website to quickly initiate design concepts.

In addition, the development kits offer engineers a renewed flexibility, because the printed circuit board units have sockets for the LCD pushbuttons and displays that allow them to be interchanged for optimal design testing. Engineers can choose between a variety of LED backlighting color, intensity and LCD display combinations with the SMARTSWITCH(TM) series. The board measures 3.04" x 1.18". The power rating is 150mA @ 9 V.

A leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches, NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty and surface mount switches. The company manufactures more than three million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary, DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches. NKK Switches maintains a complete network of qualified sales representatives and distributors throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

For more information, contact NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone 480-991-0942. Fax 480/998-1435. Or visit the NKK Switches Web site at

Emily J. Butler
Associate Director PR
Martz Agency

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