A Quick Look at How Silicone Keypads Work

You may not have necessarily realized it, but there’s a good chance that you have used a silicone keypad over the course of the last few days. There are many computers, phones, calculators, and more that rely on silicone keypads to perform their basic functions. These silicone keypads may not look like anything special from… Continue Reading

What is a Rigid Flex Board?

There are different circuit boards that can be used inside of technological applications. One of the most common types is called a rigid flex printed circuit board. This type of board utilizes both flexible and rigid board technologies within a specific application. While some rigid flex boards operate slightly differently than others, most of them… Continue Reading

What is the Future of Touch Screen Technology?

What is the Future of Touch Screen Technology?

Touch screens are now nearly ubiquitous, but they have a relatively short history. Despite a few niche applications that were tried earlier, the first mainstream use of touch screen technology was Apple’s iPhone. The rest, as they say, is history. Following Apple’s implementation of the touch screen in its iPhone, the touch screen quickly gained… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Membrane Switch Backlighting

Membrane switches are used in a wide array of electronic devices, from television remotes to microwave ovens. These switches may be used in any application where a thin, flat control panel is required. Many membrane switches are also designed to be backlit. A membrane switch is a thin, flat panel that is often used with… Continue Reading

How Flex Circuits Can Help Your Company

How Flex Circuits Can Help Your Company

Flex circuits play an increasingly important role in today’s advanced electronics. These innovative, cutting-edge electrical circuits are essential in many situations. Here’s an overview of flex circuits. Flexible circuits, which are often referred to by the shortened term flex circuits, are functionally similar to standard printed circuit boards. The key distinctions with flex circuits are… Continue Reading

Cable Assembly vs. Wire Harness

Cable Assembly vs. Wire Harness

Cable assemblies and wiring harnesses are used in many situations where multiple wires or cables need to be run between different locations. While both cable assemblies and wire harnesses serve a similar purpose, there are distinct differences between these products. Here’s how to know whether you need a cable assembly or a wiring harness: It… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Flexible Circuits

Flexible circuits got their start around World War II as a replacement for wire harnesses. Basically, flexible circuits are an array of conductors bonded to a thin dielectric film. They’re used in all sorts of industries, including for automotive, medical, telecom and commercial purposes. What are some of the benefits of flexible circuitry? The Advantages… Continue Reading

What Are Circuit Boards Used For?

Northpoint Technologies is a company known for things like touch screens, silicone switches, flex circuits, and wiring harnesses. This is a long way from the electronics of old, when vacuum tubes were used and components had to be soldered together by hand to things like terminal strips and tube sockets. Technology itself has come a… Continue Reading

The Evolution of Touchscreens

Not too long ago, most pre-millennials would not have fathomed there could be a day where they would carry around the world around in their pocket and use a touch screen to hear and experience so many incredible people, places and things. Many people grew up with computer screens that were simply filled with green-colored… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Touch Screens

The Benefits of Touch Screens

Today touch screens are ubiquitous, but for many of us, they’re still a relatively new technological development. Some people may remember using touch screens in their infancy a couple of decades ago at places like Epcot Center in Disney World or at science museums. At the time, people were amazed you could touch a screen… Continue Reading