Vishay - 2016 Annual Report
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2016 ANNUAL REPORT
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MARKETS
Vishay Intertechnology supports customers in virtually every major market sector. Types of components manufactured by Vishay are found inside the electronic products and systems used every day, around the world. Vishay components are well suited for use in the Internet of Things (IoT), in which data is sent back and forth between devices, which can include everything from household appliances to large industrial equipment.
AUTOMOTIVE
Vishay components are used in a wide variety of automotive systems including fuel pump control, engine control, exhaust emission control, heating/ventilation/air conditioning, steering, braking and active safety control, transmission, stop/start, lighting, airbag control, infotainment, advanced driver assistance, navigation, battery management, traction inverters and battery chargers for electric cars, and energy recuperation. Vishay manufactures many components that operate at high temperatures and are ideal for use in under-the-hood applications.
INDUSTRIAL
Vishay components help to manage and convert power, drive and control motors, sense temperature, provide accurate current measurement, and perform other key tasks in factory automation, high-power furnaces, machine-to-machine communications, electric power grid and power distribution systems, wind and solar power systems, and smart meters. Vishay products are also utilized in smoke detectors, oil and gas exploration equipment, trains, heating and air conditioning systems, test and measurement equipment, escalators and elevators, lighting ballasts, power tools, welding equipment, 3D printers for rapid prototyping, and other industrial equipment and systems.
POWER SUPPLIES
Adapters, converters, battery chargers, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) handle electric current from main power grids and batteries and adjust it for use by all types of devices — from small, portable products to large industrial equipment. Power supplies must meet various power quality, efficiency, energy saving, and safety regulations. Their capabilities range from very low (milliwatts) to very high (kilowatts). Vishay components are used in power factor correction, EMI suppression, inrush protection, and other applications.
MILITARY AND AEROSPACE
Vishay manufactures one of the industry’s broadest lines of military-qualified resistors and capacitors, as well as a number of other components that meet the stringent needs of military and aerospace customers for high-reliability performance. Vishay components are used in applications in flight, cockpit, and cabin equipment in aircraft and helicopters; drones; navigation and weather satellites; radar and sonar units; radio and satellite communications; guidance systems; and more. For example, Vishay diodes, rectifiers, thermistors, LCD displays, and inductors are used in flight control computers.
CONSUMER
Types of components manufactured by Vishay are used in home appliances and systems including air conditioners, washing machines and dryers, refrigerators and freezers, robotic vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers, and home automation systems. In addition, they are found in entertainment and lifestyle products including TVs, e-book readers, game consoles, virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) devices, set-top boxes, smart watches, fitness bands, and more. For example, Vishay components are used in LCD TVs for power conversion, EMI filtering, rectification, power factor correction, analog/digital signal switching, audio amplification, interface protection, infrared receiving, and gesture recognition.
COMPUTING
Vishay components are found in notebooks, tablets, desktop computers, embedded systems, solid-state discs, switches and routers, and network servers. They manage power, filter out unwanted electrical signals, enable power backup, and perform other important circuit functions. In portable computing devices, they convert power; monitor power usage; extend battery life; enable short-range, two-way, wireless connectivity; and support other functions. They also are found in peripherals including printers, photocopiers, and wireless chargers. Vishay advantages include power efficiency, high power ratings, high surge current capabilities, and long life.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Vishay components are used in both portable devices and telecommunications infrastructure. Vishay components for handheld telecommunications devices and wearables support a number of functions including radio frequency modulation, power amplification, transmission, receiving, charge control, DC/DC conversion, load control, sensing, and peripheral connectivity. To cite just one example, Vishay components improve efficiency and increase battery life in mobile phones. They also are used for EMI filtering, line card protection, and other applications in transmission systems, base stations, and access infrastructure.
MEDICAL
High tech medical electronics play an important role in people’s lives. From large equipment such as MRI systems and X-ray machines to smaller devices such as finger pulse rate monitors and hearing aids, medical products and systems use types of components manufactured by Vishay. They are used in nerve stimulators, pacemakers, defibrillators, patient monitoring systems, medical instrumentation equipment, blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose meters, and more. Vishay is a leading manufacturer of telemetry coils for pacemakers and defibrillators and transformers for defibrillators, as well as capacitors for implantable devices and hearing aids.