Technology

Creating new value in electronics through fusion and advancement of original technologies

Alps Electric stands at the forefront of value creation, forever turning out original products to reŽect market needs and conditions. Fusion and advancement of technology is pivotal here as mechatronics technologies amassed over the years are merged with process technologies supporting functional device development and materials technologies used to develop and identify the best materials.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enrichment of Technology

EMC and antenna evaluation technology integrated and enriched with advanced capabilities and systems

 Five anechoic chambers of varying size at Alps *As of August 2011 (Alps data) Electric’s EMC Evaluation Center are used for extensive measurement and evaluation of the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and antenna performance of automotive products through to consumer appliances.
 Evaluation facilities have been gradually strengthened since 1996 to realize faster development and compliance with EMC standards and restrictions. In 2011, chambers for 10m and 3m EMC testing and small to medium chambers for antenna testing were newly constructed at Furukawa Plant (Miyagi Prefecture). The EMC Evaluation Center now has one of the industry’s leading evaluation capabilities.
 Locating product development units next to the center ensures maximum use of this capability and speeds up processes from development through to evaluation and production while enhancing product reliability through compliance with EMC standards and restrictions.

EMC-Electromagnetic Compatibility

 

Fusion of Technology

Advanced optical and thin film process technology fused with original technology refined through innovation

 Touch panels allow devices to be controlled by screen touch, but methods for detecting where contact is made vary. Alps Electric develops and produces mainly two types.
 Alps’ resistive panels, which detect touch position as electricity travels when upper and lower sheets make contact, fuse technology acquired through development of products like potentiometers with thick film process technology for printing electrodes onto plastic substrates. The result—two layers (film and plastic), where normally there might be three (one plastic, two film), as well as a high-quality product delivering clear images due to high transmittance and incorporating optical technology to minimize light interference.
 Alps’ capacitive panels sense touch by detecting changes in electrostatic capacitance generated between a finger and a conductive sheet. Capacitive sensing technology built up through touchpad development is applied. A film base is used instead of glass to create thin, light and unbreakable touch panel devices. Proprietary thin film process and photolithography technologies realize a 50Šm pitch between electrodes, the top level* for a mass-produced item, enabling film products with unprecedentedly narrow frames. Quality is maintained by ensuring extreme cleanliness within manufacturing facilities and painstaking elimination of dust sources. Alps’ touch panels truly demonstrate integrative technological capabilities.

*As of August 2011 (Alps data)