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Vishay Becomes #1 Worldwide in Infrared Transceivers (IrDA) and #2 in Optocouplers Following Infineon Infrared Acquisition

New Products Enhance "One-Stop Shopping" for Customers


 
For more information:
Media contact -  Andrew Post, Sr. Manager, Global Communications
Phone:  1.610.251.5287 
Fax:  1.610.889.9429 
E-mail:  andrew.post@vishay.com

MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA - July 30, 2001 - As a result of its recent acquisition of Infineon's infrared components business, Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) will become the largest supplier outside Japan of optocouplers and the largest supplier worldwide of infrared data communications transceivers, as well as adding several new device types to its optoelectronics portfolio.

Building on Vishay's long experience and extensive product offering in optocouplers, the Infineon acquisition will add the highest performing linear couplers on the market to the Vishay portfolio. For industrial and telecom data transmission designs, high-speed devices constructedwith a face-to-face, dual lead frame design will complement the existing Vishay Telefunken line of devices built using a reflective coplanar technique. New devices on the Vishay linecard will also include optocouplers with a zero crossing triac output for automotive and home appliance applications. As part of the agreement, Vishay will acquire the Malacca, Malaysia facility where the Infineon optocouplers are manufactured.

For infrared data transmission (IrDA), Vishay will now become the world's largest supplier of the transceiver modules that enable short-range connectivity among and between notebook computers, cell phones, palmtops, printers, and other infrared-enabled Internet appliances. Products acquired from Infineon include the industry's first transceiver to comply with the Infrared Data Association's very fast IR (VFIR) 16-megabit-per-second standard, as well as the industry's slimmest medium IR (MIR) transceivers for 1-megabit-per-second data transmission. The acquisition will additionally allow Vishay, under a continuing agreement with IBM Microelectronics, to offer a forthcoming controller IC for VFIR data transmission which will enable the proliferation of 16-megabit designs into a wide range of computing and communications systems.

New device types gained by the acquisition for the Vishay portfolio include the industry's first optically coupled DAAs (data access arrangement devices)- a key enabling component for modems and set-top boxes - as well as solid-state monolithic relays, which are widely used for switching applications in telecom, automotive, and industrial applications.

In addition to standard products, the acquisition brings to Vishay the unique capabilities of the former Infineon opto-hybrid group, which provides custom optoelectronic solutions for a wide range of customers in the medical, automotive, industrial, and consumer electronics markets. With its strong and complementary capabilities in packaging techniques, lens design, and optical sensing, Vishay is committed to growing this business in the future.

"The acquisition of all these product lines and capabilities will significantly strengthen our ability to offer customers one-stop shopping for infrared components," said Dr. Felix Zandman, Chairman and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology. "We are committed to providing, through the Vishay sales channel, the highest level of customer support for both standard and custom products, and we look forward to new opportunities at existing accounts, particularly in North America, for design-ins from our full offering of discrete components."

Detailed information on the new infrared devices and capabilities acquired from Infineon will be available on the Vishay web site beginning in August. Vishay has agreed to continue to support all acquired product lines for a period of several years, while distribution channels will remain unchanged in the short term.

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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For more information:
Media contact -  Andrew Post, Sr. Manager, Global Communications
Phone:  1.610.251.5287 
Fax:  1.610.889.9429 
E-mail:  andrew.post@vishay.com