Tactile switch meets automotive demands for haptic & sound feedback in industry’s smallest package

25 June 2019

C&K KSC XA tactile switch

C&K, a manufacturer of high-quality electromechanical switches, has announced the launch of its compact & low cost KSC XA tactile switch, designed for automotive interior & openings applications.

Provided in a compact 6.2 x 6.2 x 4.9 mm package, the new switch is in a smaller form factor than existing competitor products that deliver the required sound and haptic feedback – making it ideal for applications such as steering wheel or gear shift paddles.

The KSC XA provides a soft sound, making it well-suited to cars from multiple manufacturers. It is based on C&K’s well-established KSC range of switches, enabling it to be offered at a lower cost than competitive products.

Operating life is up to 1,000,000 cycles, delivering improved reliability for automotive applications. The switch is housed in an extended cage, is fully sealed, and is compatible with potting, which is often used in opening applications. These capabilities have helped it achieve IP67 rating for resistance to dust and moisture – thus enabling it to withstand the extreme environmental conditions and exposure to water often experienced in automotive use cases.

The switch includes a hard actuator, with a stable and large actuation surface, making it compatible with all styles of customer button. It is constructed with a new over moulding configuration, combined with a new silicon wafer.

“Automotive customers have highly specific, and very demanding, requirements for switches, with reliability a key factor. They know that the sound and haptics of a switch can strongly influence drivers’ and passengers’ perceptions of the car’s quality. The KSC XA switch delivers the right sound and haptics, and excellent reliability, in a compact package – all at a lower cost than competitive products,” says Jérôme Smolinski, Global Product Manager, Tact Switches at C&K.

The new KSC XA switch is available in June 2019 to direct customers in the automotive sector, as well as through C&K’s distributor network.

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