|Headquarters||Ota, Tokyo, Japan|
|FCC grantee code||GYI (Alps Electric USA)|
Alps Electric Co. is a Japanese company that is known in the keyboard community primarily for the Alps SKCL/SKCM series of mechanical keyswitches. This switch has not been in production for a long time though, but Alps clone switches are still manufactured.
The company name of "Alps" is often mistakenly written as "ALPS" based on the Alps logotype; the correct spelling is "Alps". "ALPs" is another common misspelling.
Alps Electric (USA)
Alps Electric (USA), who were a major supplier to Apple, bought the Accessory Products Division from Apple.
Overseas joint ventures
Alps Electric has established several overseas joint ventures; these include:
- Gold Star Alps Electronics in Korea, established in August 1970; GoldStar is now LG, and it appears that Alps may have renewed the venture in 1996
- Forward Electronics in Taiwan, established in December 1970; this 30-year venture ended in 2000
Alps double-shot keycaps have distinctive styles that makes them easy to recognise. Evidence suggests that they were only ever sold with keyboards made by Alps, and they have been found on keyboards with a variety of Alps switches, including Alps SKFL, Alps integrated dome and Alps SKCL/SKCM series.
As with other double-shot manufacturers, the moulding patterns vary between keycaps.
Alps double-shot keycap from a NeXT keyboard (Alps SKCM Black)
Alps double-shot keycap on an Alps integrated dome keyboard
Assorted IBM 5556 keycaps, top view
Alps two-piece dye-sub keycaps from IBM 5576-002
- Keyboards with Alps switches
- Alps keyboard codes
- Alps specifications
- Clones of Alps SKCL/SKCM switches