C&K has launched its KSC XA tactile switch, created for automotive interior and openings applications.
The new switch is claimed to be a smaller form factor than current competitor products that provide the necessary sound and haptic feedback. It is offered in a compact 6.2mm x 6.2mm x 4.9mm package, making it perfect for applications including steering wheel or gear shift paddles.
The KSC XA produces a soft sound, making it ideal for cars from multiple manufacturers. It is based on the company’s KSC series of switches, which allows it to be lower cost than competitive products.
Operating life is up to 1,000,000 cycles, providing enhanced reliability for automotive applications. The switch is housed in an extended cage, it is completely sealed, and it is compatible with potting – often used in opening applications. These abilities of the switch have enabled it to achieve IP67 rating for resistance to dust and moisture – therefore allowing it to endure the extreme environmental conditions often experienced in automotive use.
“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.