(19)
(11)EP 1 081 729 A3

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(88)Date of publication A3:
11.12.2002 Bulletin 2002/50

(43)Date of publication A2:
07.03.2001 Bulletin 2001/10

(21)Application number: 00402399.0

(22)Date of filing:  30.08.2000
(51)Int. Cl.7H01H 13/70
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE
Designated Extension States:
AL LT LV MK RO SI

(30)Priority: 02.09.1999 JP 24917399

(71)Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
Tokyo (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • Shun, Kayama, c/o Sony Corporation
    Tokyo (JP)
  • Yoshitaka, Yoshino, c/o Sony Corporation
    Tokyo (JP)
  • Yasuhiro, Kataoka, c/o Sony Corporation
    Tokyo (JP)

(74)Representative: Thévenet, Jean-Bruno et al
Cabinet Beau de Loménie 158, rue de l'Université
75340 Paris Cédex 07
75340 Paris Cédex 07 (FR)

  


(54)Input device employing sheet type switch and method for fabricating thereof


(57) An input device allowing reduction in the number or parts, thinning, down sizing and easy assembly, and a method for fabricating thereof are provided. The input device for entering a desired command by user's operation has an enclosure 12 having a slit portion 40; a sheet-type switch portion 140 located within the enclosure 12 so as to be aligned with the slit portion 140; a board 170 located within the enclosure 12; and electrical connection portion 190 which establishes electrical connection between the board 170 and the switch portion 140 by elastic deformation caused by assembly process of the enclosure 12.