Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Alps Electric Co., Ltd. is a multinational corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, producing electronic devices, including switches, potentiometers, sensors, encoders and touchpads.The company was established in 1948 as Kataoka Electric Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Alps Electric Co., Ltd. in December 1964. Since June 22, 2012, the President has been Toshihiro Kuriyama and Chairman is Masataka Kataoka. Alps is also well known for the Alpine brand of car audio.The Alps Electric Group has R&D, production and sales bases located in Japan and around the globe—in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, Korea, and Greater China. Since its founding, Alps Electric has supplied around 40,000 types of electronic component to over 2,000 manufacturers of home appliances, mobile devices, automobiles and industrial equipment worldwide.Alps Group comprises 84 subsidiary companies, 25 through Alps Electric, 32 through Alpine Electronics and 27 through Alps Logistics.The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-09-20

A lens holder is movably supported by plate springs in a support member provided in a movable unit. Legs of the support member have X direction positioning portions and Y direction positioning portions. Inner facing surfaces of some magnets are in contact with the X direction positioning portions so as to be positioned, and inner facing surfaces of other magnets are in contact with the Y direction positioning portions so as to be positioned. This allows a facing distance to be set without being affected by a variation in thickness among the magnets.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-07-18

A sensor package includes a pressure sensor, a computation unit that performs specified computation in accordance with a result of detection performed by the pressure sensor, a lead frame through which a result of computation performed by the computation unit is output to an outside, a main housing that is formed of resin and that holds the lead frame, and a sensor housing that is formed of ceramic and that has an inner space in which the pressure sensor is disposed. The pressure sensor is disposed in the main housing using the sensor housing.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-12-06

First and second magnetic detection units are disposed at positions where an S/N ratio, which is a ratio between the strength of a magnetic field generated by a current to be measured flowing through a current path and the strength of an external magnetic field, is the same. A processing unit determines a normal operation state in a case where the detection signal of the first magnetic detection unit and the detection signal of the second magnetic detection unit approximately match each other. The processing unit determines that either one of the first and second magnetic detection units has failed in a case where the detection signals do not match each other.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-08-16

A connection state (conduction/non-conduction) between a slide electrode and a first electrode pattern is switched with a first rotation angle as a boundary, and the switching of the connection state is generated by switching a contact state (contact/non-contact) between a first contact and a first electrode pattern. A connection state between a slide electrode and a second electrode pattern is switched with a third rotation angle as a boundary, and the switching of the connection state is generated by switching a contact state between a first contact and a second electrode pattern. That is, the contact state between the first contact farther away from a rotation center than the second contact and the electrode pattern defines a connection state between the slide electrode and an electrode pattern.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-08-03

Evaluation values regarding a change in velocity of an object at coordinates of a detection surface are calculated on the basis of a series of coordinate data of the same object, and it is determined whether there is an error in each coordinate data on the basis of the evaluation values. In a case in which an extreme change in a velocity of the object occurs due to an influence of noise or the like, it is possible to accurately determine an error of the coordinate data on the basis of the evaluation values. Since the coordinate data in which it is determined that there is an error is corrected with data indicating the same coordinate P as that of coordinate data immediately before such coordinate data, the error of the detection result of the coordinates can be effectively reduced.


Patent
JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation and Alps Electric | Date: 2016-09-21

The object of this invention is to provide a silver-coated material of excellent abrasion resistance in which, even when used as, for example, a moving contact and/or a fixed contact in a switch used over an extended period of time under conditions where switching is repeatedly carried out, the silver or silver alloy layer at the surface does not wear away and, moreover, the contact resistance does not rise. A silver-coated material having, as an outermost layer on an electrically conductive base material, a layer made of at least silver or a silver alloy, this silver-coated material having a coating loss, in an abrasion resistance test, of less than 40 mg and having an initial contact resistance of less than 10 m and a contact resistance of less than 10 m after a sliding wear test carried out under certain conditions.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-09-09

A vehicle-side device that is provided on the vehicle side and transmits a signal at a first frequency, and a portable device that is able to be carried by a user and transmits a signal at a second frequency are included. The portable device transmits a signal of data based on a reception intensity of a measurement signal transmitted from the vehicle-side device, and the vehicle-side device performs predetermined control on the basis of the data based on the reception intensity of the measurement signal transmitted from the portable device. The vehicle-side device transmits a start-up signal to the portable device, the portable device transmits a request signal or a signaling signal to the vehicle-side device at predetermined time intervals when receiving the start-up signal, and the vehicle-side device transmits the measurement signal to the portable device each time the vehicle-side device receives the request signal or the signaling signal.


Patent
Alps Electric | Date: 2016-05-27

An in-vehicle input device includes a touch panel including a lower electrode, an upper electrode, and a spacer, and is capable of detecting a capacitance between the lower electrode and the upper electrode. The device has an operation surface located above the upper electrode. The operation surface includes a plurality of operation areas. The spacer has a plurality of openings that coincide with the operation areas in plan view. The device further includes a suppression layer that is disposed between the operation surface and the upper electrode or disposed on an upper surface of the operation surface. The suppression layer eliminates or reduces formation of a capacitance between the upper electrode and an operator. The device detects an input operation based on a change in distance between the lower electrode and the upper electrode in response to pressing any of the operation areas by the operator.


A magnetic sensor includes: a magnetoresistive effect element having a sensitivity axis in a specific direction in which a fixed magnetic layer, a nonmagnetic material layer, and a free magnetic layer are laminated in this order; an antiferromagnetic layer which generates an exchange coupling bias with the free magnetic layer and which aligns the magnetization direction thereof in a predetermined direction provided on the free magnetic layer; and a ferromagnetic layer which generates an exchange coupling bias with the antiferromagnetic layer and which aligns the magnetization direction thereof in a predetermined direction provided on the antiferromagnetic layer. The magnetization direction on the exchange coupling bias in the free magnetic layer is the same direction as that on the exchange coupling bias in the ferromagnetic layer, and the ferromagnetic layer is able to impart a reflux magnetic field having a component along a sensitivity axis to the free magnetic layer.


A communication module includes a flexible board having a first region, a second region, and a third region located between the first region and the second region, a communication circuit including a communication electronic component mounted on one surface of the first region, an antenna dielectric mounted on a portion of one surface of the second region, a matching circuit including a matching electronic component mounted on another portion of the one surface of the second region, and an antenna including a metal pattern formed in the other surface of the second region, the matching circuit matches the antenna with the communication circuit, the communication circuit is sealed with a resin, the third region is folded, and the resin and the antenna dielectric are brought into contact with each other.

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