NKK Switches has doubled the display life of its OLED SmartSwitch pushbutton switches. In addition, NKK has reduced the devices’ already low power consumption by 30 percent. The display life of the OLED SmartSwitch pushbutton has been doubled to 30,000 hours with 40 percent pixels on at 100 cd/m². For equipment used 24/7, this translates to a display life of greater than three years. Further increases in display life can be achieved in many applications where the requirement for candelas per meter squared is reduced, or the equipment usage is less than 24/7. In these cases, a display life of five years or more is now possible.
OLED technology offers many advantages over conventional LCD programmable switches, including full motion video capability, higher resolution, faster response time, 180° viewing angles, and a color palette of 65,536 colors, resulting in pictures that are more brilliant. The SmartSwitch OLED pushbuttons and displays are emissive devices operated by commands and data supplied via the SPI communications protocol. The switch is capable of 64RGB x 48 pixel resolution. The wide viewing area of the OLED pushbutton is 15.5 mm x 11.6 mm (horizontal x vertical). It also features a stylish translucent black housing design. To facilitate secure mounting and alignment, it has epoxy-sealed straight PC terminals and a snap-in standoff. Sockets are also available for ease of installation.