Your custom keypad will also need a connector system, as it's responsible for attaching the switches' sensors to the circuit board. As with circuit materials, subpar connectors will result in unreliable switches.
Depending on your custom keypad, you could incorporate any of the following five connector options:
These interface to .100" center zero insertion force (ZIF) or low insertion force (LIF) style connectors.
Latching Female Connector
These interface to .100" center latching headers.
Latching Male Connector
These interface to .100" center latching headers
Plain Male Connector
These interface to .100" center female headers
Plain Female Connector
These interface to .100" center and .025" square-posted headers.
A PCB can also use standard header connectors that are soldered right to the board or cable assemblies.
For example, one very common approach is to utilize a 1 mm pitch ZIF connector right on the back of a rigid board and then use the same connector on the mating board. The keypad and main board can also be connected through a 1 mm jumper cable.
You can also use a ZIF connector on the mating PCB and forego the standard supply with a connector. Typically, the pitch of conductors would be either .039" (1mm), .049", or .100".
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