C&K has announced the launch of its KSC XA tactile switch, designed for automotive interior and openings applications. The new switch is in a smaller form factor than existing competitor products that deliver the required sound and haptic feedback. It is provided in a compact 6.2x6.2x4.9mm package, 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, which enables it to be 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, it is fully sealed, and it is compatible with potting, which is often used in opening applications. These capabilities have helped it to achieve IP67 rating for resistance to dust and moisture, thus enabling it to withstand the extreme environmental conditions and exposure to water that are often experienced in automotive use cases.
The switch includes a hard actuator with a stable and large actuation surface, which makes it compatible with all style of customer button. It is constructed with a new over molding 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,” said 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.