Concept

DIP switch

Summary
A DIP switch is a manual electric switch that is packaged with others in a group in a standard dual in-line package (DIP). The term may refer to each individual switch, or to the unit as a whole. This type of switch is designed to be used on a printed circuit board along with other electronic components and is commonly used to customize the behavior of an electronic device for specific situations. DIP switches are an alternative to jumper blocks. Their main advantages are that they are quicker to change and there are no parts to lose. History US patent 3621157, filed in 1970 by Pierre Schwab, is the earliest known DIP switch patent, which discloses a rotary style DIP switch. US patent 4012608, filed in 1975 by Joseph Lockard, is a DIP switch with sliding levers, the modern DIP switch. Types The slide, rocker, and piano types, which are very common, are arrays of simple single pole, single throw (SPST) contacts, each of which can be either on or off. This allow
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