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Vishay Boosts Optocoupler Manufacturing Capacity by 25% Over 2000


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MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA-June 15, 2001-Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has announced that it has boosted manufacturing capacity by 25% this year for its 4-pin dual inline optocoupler devices, which are used in a wide variety of electronic systems for current isolation and prevention of electric shock.

The fastest growing application for the Vishay Telefunken devices is switch-mode power supplies, where they are used to allow low-voltage signals to control units that are supplied by a much higher mains voltage. Mobile phones, digital cameras, and laptop computers typically use switch-mode supplies for battery charging, with manufacturers of power supplies for these systems being among the largest customers for Vishay's optocoupler products. The devices are also used widely in desktop computers, where they provide isolation for sensitive digital circuitry both in the CPU and monitor.

Vishay currently produces optocouplers in both standard dual inline and surface-mount packages. Recent product introductions include a new series of low-profile surface-mount optocoupler devices that provide reinforced isolation in a 2.2 mm high package - one of the industry's thinnest for this device type, and providing a space-saving current isolation solution for PC cards (PCMCIA), set-top boxes, fax machines, modems, digital TV, switch-mode power supplies, line receivers, computer peripheral interfaces, microprocessor system interfaces and other systems requiring a high level of package integration.

Vishay Telefunken devices were the first on the market to feature optocouplers with a coplanar technology that ensures a fixed distance by design between the emitter and detector chips, which has since become the preferred technology for applications requiring a maximum level of safety. Depending on the application, the company provides devices with approval certificates for all major worldwide standards, including VDE, UL, CUL, SETI and BSI. Full details are available on a newly revamped optocouplers section on the Vishay web site, at www.vishay.com/optoelectronics/.      

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets. Vishay’s product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made it a global industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at www.vishay.com.

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Fax:  1.650.618.1512 
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