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DIP Switches

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What does DIP stand for in DIP switch?

The letters in ‘DIP’ stands for “dual in-line package”.

A DIP switch (dual in-line package) controls the flow of electricity around a PCB (printed circuit board). A standard DIP switch can include 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 16+ slide switches mounted on 1 single small block.

What is a DIP switch used for?

DIP switches are essentially small electronic components that enable users to manage the flow of electrical current throughout a printed circuit board, expansion card, or other computer peripheral. This control allows users to alter the operating mode of a device quickly and efficiently. In summary, the role of DIP switches is to provide precise control over the flow of electricity, providing users with the ability to customise device settings quickly and efficiently.

What are the 4 main types of DIP Switches?

There are many varieties of DIP switches. The 4 most common are slide, piano, rocker, and rotary types.

What are the benefits of DIP Switches?

The main benefits of DIP switches are they are simple to function and are cost-effective. Making them a cheaper alternative to software control panels and jumper blocks. A standard DIP switch can include 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 16+ switches mounted on 1 single small block.

Rotary DIP switches

A dip switch with a circular motion instead of a toggle going back and forth. They can rotate through 360 degrees or alternatively can be preset to stop at certain positions. This type is perfect for PCB boards with limited space.

Typical Applications

Although fewer DIP switches are used within the consumer electronics market these days, they currently thrive in a wide range of industrial sectors. This is due to their low cost and simplicity to implement within circuits.

Other applications include:

    • PC hardware (modems and hard drives)
    • Door opening mechanisms
    • Multi-device remote controls
    • Stage lighting control


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