US Patent No. 11,071,205

CONTROL UNIT


Patent No. 11,071,205
Issue Date July 20, 2021
Title Control Unit
Inventorship Ashutosh Tomar, Coventry (GB)
Assignee JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED, Coventry (GB)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,071,205


1. A control unit for an apparatus, the control unit comprising:a first component-carrying member provided with at least one electronic component configured to provide a function of the apparatus, wherein the first component-carrying member is a pre-formed layer of a material that is pliable at least during assembly of the control unit;
a second component-carrying member which defines a user-interaction surface visible to a user of the apparatus, wherein the second component-carrying member is a pre-formed layer;
a piezoelectric layer adjacent to the user-interaction surface to enable control of the at least one electronic component when the user applies pressure to the user-interaction surface to indicate a user command;
an injection molded layer encapsulating at least a part of the at least one electronic component;
wherein the second component-carrying member is provided with at least one further electronic component, so that the at least one electronic component on the first component-carrying member and the at least one further electronic component on the second component-carrying member are sandwiched between the first component-carrying member and the second component-carrying member within the injection molded layer; and
wherein the user-interaction surface is configured to receive a user command, and wherein the at least one electronic component is operable in response to the user command.