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Vishay Completes Takeover of Infineon's Former Krubong, Malaysia Plant

Production Facility Is Dedicated to Test and Assembly of Infrared Components


 
For more information:
Media contact -  Andrew Post, Sr. Manager, Global Communications
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MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA - March 4, 2002 - Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that it has assumed full ownership of the Krubong, Malaysia production facility where the infrared product lines acquired from Infineon Technologies last year are tested and assembled.

Devices manufactured at the 56,000 square-foot plant include optocouplers, solid-state relays, infrared data communication transceivers (IRDCs), and custom optoelectronic devices.

With the acquisition of Infineon's entire infrared components business in July 2001, Vishay has become the largest supplier outside Japan of optocouplers and the largest supplier worldwide of IRDCs, significantly strengthening the company's ability to offer customers one-stop shopping for infrared components.

As part of the agreement, the Krubong facility was operated on a joint-venture basis by Vishay and Infineon for a six-month period, which has now concluded. In addition to the Malaysia plant, Vishay has assumed the former Infineon infrared components development, marketing, and distribution activities headquartered in Silicon Valley, which now have their home in Vishay's Santa Clara, California facility.

The Infineon acquisition added to the product portfolio of Vishay (which was already a leading manufacturer of optocouplers), the industry's highest performing linear couplers, as well as high-speed devices constructed with a face-to-face dual lead frame design. For infrared data transmission, products acquired from Infineon include the industry's first transceiver to comply with the very fast IR (VFIR) 16-megabit-per-second standard of the Infrared Data Association (IrDA), as well as the industry's slimmest medium IR (MIR) transceivers for 1-megabit-per-second data transmission. Both types of devices are used to enable short-range connectivity among and between notebook computers, cell phones, palmtops, printers, and other infrared-enabled devices.

In addition to standard products, which also include solid-state relays and data access arrangements (DAAs), the acquisition has brought 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.

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