Low-Profile Socket simplifies board assembly.

Press Release Summary:

Low-profile socket facilitates high-density, side-by-side panel or PCB mounting of IS Series SMARTSWITCH(TM) LCD pushbuttons. SMARTSWITCH(TM) pushbuttons feature high-visibility LCD that can be programmed to display graphics and alphanumeric characters. They can also display animation sequences that prompt operators through series of error-free actuations. Backlighting can be programmed to flash, indicating need for immediate action.

Original Press Release:

NKK Switches Offers Low-Profile Socket that Increases Reliability While Simplifying Board Assembly

Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 2, 2003) - NKK Switches, a leading manufacturer of pushbuttons, and its authorized North American representatives now offer a low-profile socket for the company's popular IS Series SMARTSWITCH(tm).

The new socket allows designers to use rigorous automated soldering and washing, enabling designers to simplify board assembly. Once the socket has been processed, the SMARTSWITCH(tm) can be easily plugged into the board. Because the switch is not subjected to the rigors and heat of automated assembly, reliability and functionality are improved.

The new socket's dimensions can easily facilitate the high-density, side-by-side panel or PCB mounting of the SMARTSWITCH(tm) LCD pushbuttons. The low-profile socket also allows for quick and easy field replacement of switches when required.

NKK's IS Series SMARTSWITCH(tm) pushbuttons feature a high-visibility liquid crystal display that can be programmed to display graphics and alphanumeric characters for a wide range of applications. The SMARTSWITCH(tm) is also capable of displaying animation sequences that prompt operators through a series of error-free actuations. In addition, the device's LED backlighting can be programmed to flash, indicating the need for immediate action.

The SMARTSWITCH(tm) series from NKK features pushbuttons with both bright and super-bright LED backlights in different colors and bi-color combinations. The LED backlights are combined with several types of liquid crystal displays, including yellow STN positive, blue STN negative and black and white FSTN positive modes to create a combination suitable for a wide range of appearances and applications.

The SMARTSWITCH(tm) series also includes LCD indicator modules of 36x24 pixels. These bright and super-bright compact indicators are becoming widely used as a cost-effective programmable, pixel-based interface for status indication, mnemonic labeling, and graphic communications.

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 representatives and distributors through 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 www.nkkswitches.com.

SMARTSWITCH is a trademark of NKK Switches.

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