Newton, Mass. C&K Components has developed a 14-function navigation switch that combines sensitive touch and tactile functions while guaranteeing an extended life span of 1 million actuations per direction. Touted as the only 14-function nav switch currently available on the market, the SensoNav switch is compatible with standard SMT
lines. Key applications include portable games, mobile phones, MP3 players and universal remote controls.
The combination of sensitive touch and tactile technology enables the standard 5-way center, up, down, left and right directions with tactile feedback, free direction scrolling on the sensitive level, as well as two scrolling directions with variable speeds and 4 scrolling
directions with double speeds.
Developed as an alternative to standard touch pad technology, the SensoNav switch uses the same driver that drives the keyboard in significantly less space, and simplifies designs and reduces cost because it does not require additional electronics.
Pricing: Starts at approximately $2.00.
Availability: Engineering prototypes are available immediately, with full volume
production at the end of Q4.
C&K Components, a division of CoActive Technologies, www.ck-components.com