Abatek International AG broadens and enhances its globally unique programme of machine placeable keypads with the Capacitive SMT Silicone Keys. This Silicone single key is fully capacitive, measures 6.5 x 6.5mm and its height can be freely selected as can all actuation forces from 0.5 to 5.0N and strokes from 0.8 to 1.8mm. Due to its capacitive property this key offers a touch/switch double function. This permits the key to be built in as a machine placeable spring or contact element. Touching or almost touching the key surface activates a secondary function e.g. lighting up, system wake-up, while pressing the key activates the desired primary function.
Also new is that the Capacitive SMT Silicone Key is available on demand with SC contact technology. The key is Pb-free solderable over 260C. Abatek also integrates the capacitive keys into its unique Prototyping Program on http://smt.abatekgroup.com where designers can create their individual automatic keypads online and can have 50 customized prototypes built and delivered within 7 days.