SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - August 8, 2008) - NKK Switches, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switching devices, announces the availability of the GB Series of ultra-subminiature pushbutton switches with fully illuminated plungers.

"The new GB Series is based on the notion that lighted switches greatly enhance function as well as aesthetic appeal," said Frances Amoss, vice president sales, NKK Switches. "Illuminated switches, like the GB Series, also give the designer an improved method of conveying important information about the operating status of a product or system over traditional techniques."

The GB Series' fully illuminated clear polyamide plunger is designed to produce a high visibility of status indication and is available with red, green or amber LED illumination. The series' ultra-miniature size allows for high density mounting and their lightweight makes them ideal for handheld devices.

Featuring a completely sealed body construction to prevent contact contamination, the GB Series of switches also allow for time- and money-saving automated soldering and cleaning. The insert-molded terminals lock out flux, solvents and other contaminants, guaranteeing a long mechanical and electrical life of 50,000 operations minimum. NKK has also incorporated its award-winning STC contact mechanism into these switches, which provides them with a smooth, positive detent mechanism, increased contact stability and unparalleled logic-level reliability.

Terminal spacing on the GB Series is 2.54mm x 2.54mm -- conforming to standard PC board grid spacing, and their round terminals facilitate through-hole mounting. The new series is available in an SPDT momentary circuit configuration with straight, right angle or vertical PC mounting terminals. The current rating is 0.4VA maximum @ 28V AC/DC maximum.

A leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches, NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty and surface mount switches. The company manufactures more than four million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary, DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches. All switches are designed and manufactured to provide the quality and dependability that has made NKK the benchmark for reliability for over half a century.

NKK continues to lead the industry in responding to the needs of the marketplace with innovation, high reliability and a commitment to excellence. The company provides environmentally safe products for its valued customers, including the myriad of issues that are covered under the RoHS directive. NKK maintains a complete network of qualified representatives and distributors through the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Engineers who design the man-machine interface for their products rely on the broad product line, specialized design expertise and customer support of NKK Switches. For more information, contact NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone 480/991-0942. Fax 480/998-1435. Visit the NKK Web site at

Contact Information: For more information, contact: Chris Walker (Connect Public Relations) 480-366-6015 Bob Wanless (NKK Switches) 480-991-0942