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Vishay Semiconductors Announces Alliance with ObexCode
MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA — December 10, 2003 — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced an alliance between its Infrared Data Communication (IRDC) and Sensors division, the leading supplier of infrared transceivers for the wireless communication market, and ObexCode AS, a leading provider of wireless infrared software solutions.
The alliance will give Vishay the ability to offer its customers a total solution for short-distance wireless communication, including infrared transceivers, encoder/ decoders and, now, the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) software protocol stacks.
OEMs are more frequently relying on Vishay to be their expert in implementing both the hardware and software aspects of infrared wireless communication. This expertise becomes even more of an advantage as the IrFM (Infrared Financial Messaging) Point and Pay profile is being adopted in Korea, Japan and other Asian and European countries. As a team, Vishay and ObexCode deliver the expertise OEMs need for successful IrDA and IrFM implementations.
ObexCode has a long history in the development of IrDA software. The company's software engineers, led by Dag Brattli, ObexCode CTO, were the primary developers of the Linux version of the IrDA protocols. In addition to embedded stacks, ObexCode offers software solutions that include Beam2Phone, an ad-hoc wireless content and service provision, and Proxima Beamer, an application aimed at solving ad-hoc connectivity needs.
ObexCode is a worldwide leading vendor of short-range connectivity products and solutions based on IrDA technology. The companys headquarters are located in Tromsų, Norway, with sales offices in Oslo and a daughter company in Shanghai. ObexCode's technological competence spans from infrared protocol stacks for embedded systems and mobile devices, to more advanced connectivity middleware and applications. ObexCode can be found at http://www.obexcode.com.
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.