sswitches, tactile, RAFI, MICON 5
Small Switch has excellent tactile and acoustic properties
News Release from:
Texim Europe BV
28 February 2008
With a basic size of only 5.1 x 6.4 mm, the MICON 5 is the smallest of all RAFI keyswitches and sets the benchmark in miniaturization while safeguarding switching reliability and excellent tactile and acoustic properties. The new series has been designed for use under overlays in membrane keyboards or under individual keycaps, this gives great freedom to designers and offers your customers the switching reliability that lasts for a product's life.
The new MICON 5 has an extremely small footprint (minimum grid spacing 5.72 x 7.95 mm) but still offers a very distinct tactile feedback and an unmistakable, high quality operating sound. The actuation forces vary among the different types in a range from 2.7 to 6.9 N, so that you can create the right feel for any field of application or individual key positions. The design is completely closed and incorporates gold contacts for maximum switching reliability in hostile environments.
The working life ranges from 250,000 to 1 million operations, depending on the selected operating force. Moreover, the new materials selected make it possible to extend the operating temperature to a range of -40 dec. C to +90 dec. C.
As MICON 5 keyswitches are usually combined with other components on a common PCB, you can adjust the height with plug-on plungers. Keycaps with light conductors are also offered so that you can realise various illuminated options.
The MICON 5 is available as a SMD-J or THT pin version; it is delivered in either blister reel (SMD version) or tube (pin version) packaging. RAFI offers the MICON 5 as a single component or installed into customer-specific systems.