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Darfon Electronics Corporation | Date: 2016-11-24

A keyboard device includes M driving circuits DC(1)DC(M), N transition circuits TC(1)TC(N), a control module, M column signal lines C(1)C(M), N row signal lines R(1)R(N) and M*N key units KU(1,1)KU(M,N). The control module performs a scanning process to sequentially scan the M column signal lines C(1)C(M) in M scan cycles scan(1)scan(M). If the key unit KU(k,x) connected with the k-th column signal line C(k) and the x-th row signal line R(x) is depressed, a scan voltage is transmitted from the k-th column signal line C(k) to the x-th row signal line R(x) through a switch sw(k,x) of the key unit KU(k,x). The transition circuit TC(x) connected with the x-th row signal line R(x) is turned on according to the scan voltage. Consequently, an output voltage Rout(x) from the transition circuit TC(x) has a first voltage level.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and DARFON ELECTRONICS Corporation | Date: 2016-06-03

A keyswitch structure includes a keycap layer having a keycap region, a circuit layer disposed under the keycap layer, at least a haptic actuator disposed under the circuit layer and electrically connected to the circuit layer, a cushion layer disposed under the circuit layer and having an accommodation space for accommodating the haptic actuator, a sensing unit disposed under the cushion layer, and a control circuit coupling the sensing unit and the circuit layer, wherein when an external force is applied and delivered through the cushion layer to trigger the sensing unit, the sensing unit outputs a trigger signal, and the control circuit receives the trigger signal and outputs a driving signal to drive the haptic actuator to vibrate.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and DARFON ELECTRONICS Corporation | Date: 2016-06-03

A keyswitch structure includes a keycap layer having a keycap region and a peripheral region adjacent to the keycap region, a circuit layer disposed under the keycap layer, a haptic actuator electrically connected to the circuit layer, a supporting structure layer being disposed under the circuit layer and having an accommodation space for accommodating the haptic actuator, and an adhesive layer disposed between the keycap layer and the circuit layer corresponding to only the peripheral region.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and Darfon Electronics Corporation | Date: 2016-04-11

A backlight module and a lighting keyboard using the same are provided. The backlight module includes a flexible circuit board, a light-emitting element, a light shielding layer and a light guide plate. The light-emitting element is disposed on the flexible circuit board. The light shielding layer is disposed on the flexible circuit board and surrounds the whole light-emitting element. The light guide plate has a through hole, the light emitting element is located within the through hole, and the light shielding layer is located between the substrate and the light guide layer.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and Darfon Electronics Corporation | Date: 2016-05-12

A peripheral device includes a manual operable device, a baseplate for carrying the manual operable device and a circuit board. The baseplate includes a plate edge extending substantially along an x-axis; a left plate indent edge, a left convex edge, a substantially linear edge, a right convex edge and a right plate indent edge are sequentially disposed on the plate edge. The circuit board includes a main portion and a flexible extension. The main portion generates a control signal in response to a triggering event at the manual operable device. The flexible extension extends substantially along a y-axis, and includes an upper end, a lower end, a y-axial left edge and a y-axial right edge; the upper end is connected to the main portion, the lower end is connected to an external connection point, and the control signal is transmitted to the external connection point via the flexible extension.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and DARFON ELECTRONICS Corporation | Date: 2016-06-27

A keyswitch includes a board, a cap, and a support device. The support device is disposed between the board and the cap and includes first and second support members movably connected to the cap and the board. A stopping member is formed on one of the first support member and the cap. An elastic member is formed on the other one of the first support member and the cap. When the cap is not pressed, the stopping member abuts against the elastic member to keep the cap at a non-pressed position. When the cap is pressed to a pressed position, the cap and the first support member slide relatively to make the stopping member deform the elastic member. When the cap is released, the elastic member drives the cap and the first support member to slide relatively, so as to move the cap back to the non-pressed position.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and Darfon Electronics Corporation | Date: 2016-05-17

A backlit keyboard includes a baseplate, a light guide plate, a light source, a reflective layer, and a light mask layer. The light mask layer is disposed between the baseplate and the light guide plate. The edge of the light mask layer forms a U-shaped reflective concave pointing downward and extending around the lateral surface of the light guide plate, and a portion of the lateral surface horizontally projects on the U-shaped reflective concave, thus allowing the U-shaped reflective concave to reflect lights leaving the lateral surface of the light guide plate back to the light guide plate. A backlight module for providing backlights to the backlit keyboard and an assembly method of the backlight module are also provided.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and DARFON ELECTRONICS Corporation | Date: 2016-05-09

A keyswitch structure includes a keycap having a lower surface and an engaging portion protruding from the lower surface, the keycap moving to a lower position when the keycap is pressed, a linking bar coupled with the engaging portion, a distal end of the engaging portion being lower than the linking bar when the keycap moves to the lower position, a baseplate disposed below the keycap, the baseplate having a recessed space corresponding to the engaging portion, and a buffer film disposed on the baseplate, the buffer film substantially extending over the recessed space and having a deformable portion corresponding to the recessed space, wherein when the keycap moves toward the baseplate to the lower position, the distal end of the engaging portion pushes the deformable portion to make the deformable portion extend into the recessed space.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Suzhou Co. and Darfon Electronics Corporation | Date: 2016-04-28

A keyboard wirelessly connecting to one of multiple hosts is provided. Each host has a device ID code and a device authorization code. The keyboard includes a host selection device, a storage device, a connection device, and a communication device. The storage device stores a lookup table including multiple host codes, each corresponding to one device ID code and one device authorization code. The host selection device selects a candidate host code when receiving a first operation. The connection device receives a second operation different from the first operation. When the second operation lasts shorter than a threshold period, the keyboard connects to a host having the device ID code and the device authorization code corresponding to the candidate host code. When the second operation lasts longer than the threshold period, the keyboard updates the device ID code and the device authorization code corresponding to the candidate host code.


Patent
Darfon Electronics Corporation | Date: 2016-02-22

A key switch includes a baseplate, a circuit layer, a keycap and a support rod. The baseplate has a hook and a first through hole neighboring to the hook. The circuit layer includes a first sublayer disposed above the baseplate and having a second through hole, and a second sublayer disposed above the first sublayer and having a third through hole; a portion of the second sublayer extends over the second through hole and forms a first resilient portion; the first resilient portion has four sides, two of which connect to the second sublayer; and the first resilient portion is neighboring to the hook. The keycap is disposed above the baseplate and can move upward and downward in respect to the baseplate. The support rod has a first portion and a second portion; the first portion movably connects to the keycap and the second portion engages the hook.

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