Vehicle switches remain compact and quiet in operation

Automotive interiors are quieter than ever, says Alps Electric, as the noise of the engine running has been reduced, airtight chassis and the emergence of hybrid and electric vehicles contributing to quiet traffic. In car navigation systems, centre consoles and other in-vehicle systems, automotive makers and drivers look for touch technology to replace a mechanical input.

The increasing use of electronics means there is more circuitry around the driver’s seat, which requires greater miniaturisation of electronic components inside systems.

The SKTQ series Tact switch from Alps Electric uses an internal structure to retain the compact dimensions of the existing SKSU series. It also enables quiet operation as well as a high 5N operating force and definite clicking feel, which is desirable in automotive design, as it helps to prevent accidental operation while driving, says Alps. 

Alps Electric is already considering adding 3.5, 4 and 4.5N varieties to the line-up. through which it will contribute to a more comfortable experience for vehicle users.

The Tact switches can be used in steering wheels, centre console panels, car systems, such as audio and navigation systems.

The switch dimensions are 5.4 x 5.3 x 4.25mm, with travel distance of 0.71mm and an operating life of 200,000 cycles.

Alps Electric is a manufacturer of electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles and industrial equipment.

Alps Electric Europe is a subsidiary of Alps Electric, established in 1979. Since 2013 the European Head Office has been located in Munich and co-ordinates the sales, marketing and product engineering activities of branch offices in Munich, Düsseldorf, Paris, Milton Keynes, Gothenburg as well as a sales office in Milan.

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