by Claude Haridge:
Microcontroller-based products sometimes require rotary switches. As many microcontrollers have an onboard ADC, it is easy to replace the rotary switch with a low cost potentiometer, when a rotary switch is too expensive or unavailable.
Although digitizing a potentiometer setting to act like a switch requires only a few instructions, an immediate problem is that instabilities in value occur at the switching threshold between one value and the next due to electrical or mechanical noise. The solution is to introduce upper and lower hysteresis thresholds about each transition so that the potentiometer needs to move beyond a threshold before another switch state is validated. For every updated switch state, another pair of thresholds replaces the previous. In this manner, the hysteresis provides clean switching between states.
Replace a rotary switch with a potentiometer - [Link]
by Viktor Safronov:
Sometimes you may need a group of switches where, if any switch is activated, it deactivates the previously active switch. This Design Idea implements such a function with relays.
This “one and only one” function is often implemented as mechanical switches in which an actuator (usually a movable metal bracket) is used to switch contact groups on and off. When any switch is pressed, this bracket first deactivates all switches, then activates the pressed switch.
Exclusively select 1 of N relays - [Link]
The era of the MEMS switch may finally be here thanks to the research efforts of GE. Its MEMS chip, as small as 50 microns square, swathes as fast as 3 GHz and can handle up to 5-kiloWatts of power, making it a candidate for everything from industrial power control, to turning on light bulbs to switching antennas inside a smartphone.
MEMS Switch from GE claims fastest/highest Power Crown - [Link]
Do you have an application where a black switch is not suitable? We have an elegant white one for you.
Rocker switches are available in a vast majority in a black version. When we take a look at catalogues of renowned producers we´ll usually find there mainly black types and only a few white ones. However a switch in a black version can be advantageous in many applications like office devices, PC, “white” (home) goods, lighting, equipment, but also in many other devices having enclosure other than black, or where just a white version can be an interesting design element. Even in our electronic branch it´s particularly true, that a “package sells” and an aesthetic design of a device can be one of the factors of a market success.That´s why you can find in our stock two novelties – a white rocker switch 1832.3311 ((DPST, 20A/250VAC) as well as a round 1881.1105 (SPST, 12A/250VAC). Both novelties belong to well proven series with widely known properties. Detailed description can be found in 1830 and 1881 series datasheets.
Recently we added into our standard stock offer also many other types from Marquardt and you can find them below this article.
Black or white? - [Link]
vpapanik demonstrates the EM-1712 magnetic on-off switch on the breadboard:
Ultra-low standby current (less than 0.1 mA) magnetic on-off switch based on the AKM micropower hall bipolar latch EM-1712 and Microchip MCP1801 3.3V LDO. Of course, any regulator with EN (or SHDN) pin can be used. Ideal for touchless power switching, e.g. battery operated devices in watertight enclosures.
Micropower magnetic on-off switch - [Link]
The Ethos lite is a tiny unmanaged Ethernet switch that has 5 ports, supports 10/100mb data rates on a board measuring just 1.75″ x 1.75″ and weighing only 15 grams. One primary area where the Ethos lite stands out is in situations where weight and power are high priorities such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or robotics. All 5 ports are fully shielded with magnetic couplers for common mode rejection meeting Ethernet wiring specifications. This allows designers the ability to skip the large RJ45 connectors and wire directly onto connected peripherals or place the connectors in a more flexible location.
The Ethos board can accept a wide range of voltage input from 5-15V making it an ideal fit for Unmanned Systems that provide battery power. The Ethos board can also double as a 3.3V regulator providing up to 1 Amp of current. Under full load (all 5 ports actively sending data) the Ethos consumes less than 2 Watts.
Connections to the Ethos lite are provided by Molex PicoBlade headers with one for each port and an additional connector for power. As an added feature the MDIO lines to the Ethernet switch IC have been exported allowing developers access to management data registers.
Included with the Ethos lite is the main board along with 6 Molex PicoBlade cables (5 with RJ45 connectors, 1 with bare wires for power). The Ethos lite costs $250 with the ability to purchase extra Molex cables in a variety of configurations.
Gadgetsmyth releases the Ethos lite – A tiny Ethernet Switch – [Link]
Anthony H Smith writes:
The circuit in Figure 1 lets you switch high-voltage power to a grounded load with a low-voltage control signal. The circuit also functions as a submicrosecond circuit breaker that protects the power source against load faults. Power switches to the load when you apply a logic-level signal to the output control terminal. When the signal is lower than 0.7V, transistor Q3 is off and the gate of P-channel MOSFET Q4 pulls up to the positive supply through R6, thus holding Q4 off. During this off condition, the circuit’s quiescent-current drain is 0A.
Inexpensive power switch includes submicrosecond circuit breaker - [Link]
When the circuit is powered up, all of the transistors are off and stay off. C1 gets pulled up to Vp. When the switch is pushed, Q3 and Q2 turn on, since their base is pulled up. Q1 and Q4 are in turned on as well. Q1 keeps Q2 turned on and Q2 keeps Q3 turned on and Q3 keeps Q4 turned on. Q4 supplies current to the load. When Q2 is asserted it keeps pin 1 of SW1 at ground.
When the switch is pulled low again, the base of Q3 is tied to ground, because Q2 is on, and the chain is broken an all of the transistors turn off.
C1 and R1 and R5 form the time constant for the debounce circuit. Adjust these values for an appropriate debounce time.
Latching Momentary Switch for breadboard - [Link]
The MAX14777 quad SPST switch supports analog signals above and below the rails with a single 3.0V to 5.5V supply. The device features a selectable -15V/+35V or -15V/+15V analog signal range for all switches. Each switch has a separate control input to allow independent switching, making the device an alternative to opto-relays in applications that do not need galvanic isolation.
The IC features 10Ω (max) on-resistance, and 9mΩ (typ) RON flatness, along with a low 50nA (max at +85°C) on-leakage. For maximum signal integrity, the device keeps this performance over the entire common-mode voltage range. Each switch can carry up to 60mA (max) of continuous current in either direction.
MAX14777 – Quad Beyond-the-Rails -15V to +35V Analog Switch - [Link]
Top quality rocker switch with an IP65 protection can be available even for a very competitive price. It is the case of a novelty in our offer – Marquardt 1932.3112.
Series 1930 may be probably familiar to you, for example from our article Series 1930 – Double Pole Rocker Switches with IP65. Till now, we had in stock types 1935.x with green and red backlight.
We react to your requests for switch with the same excellent properties but without a backlight and for as good price as possible. Type 1932.3112 from company Marquardt features an advanced construction with an integrated gasket, thus the switch doesn´t require any other sealing or a special assembly procedure to reach IP 65.
With the price under 2 EUR/ pcs and a considerable stock level, we´re able to offer you a top quality switch for a very affordable price. The switch contains a reliable mechanism with a long lifetime and handles up to 120A inrush (capacitive) current.
In case of interest even in other versions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Say stop to dust and water with the Marquardt 1932 switch – [Link]