Utilising MENTOR's light guide knowledge, Multitron has announced the ex-stock availability of four ranges of full-face, evenly-illuminated switch keycaps. The faces of the switch caps are precision-designed area light guides, providing homogeneous illumination with no hot-spots, despite using just two SMD LEDs. The majority are available ex-stock and at low MOQs. The keycaps incorporate a 3-part SMD switch design for flexible solutions.
The conventional design approach is to specify an 'all-in-one' component supplied as a complete illuminated switch assembly. MENTOR's solution offers the illuminated cap separately from the switch and LEDs.
According to the company, this design approach offers almost limitless flexibility in terms of mixing and matching switch cap types to produce complex panels, and the use of RGB LEDs allows an infinite choice of switchable colours from a single illuminated switch.
The illuminated switch caps have been patented and a one minute video overview of the product ranges is also available.
The four ranges include illuminated switches, illuminated status indicators, 'spot' status indicators, low-profile illuminated switches and illuminated switches with text/graphic inserts.