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Vishay Focuses on the Connectivity, Mobility, and Sustainability Markets

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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE:VSH) is pursuing a strategy of being a step ahead of the market. Measures to raise total annual revenue by 6% to 8% include increased internal growth and targeted acquisitions. Vishay identifies the connectivity (networking, the Internet of Things), mobility, and sustainability markets as growth drivers during the coming years. Vishay will meet market demand with numerous new developments in key technologies, including the following:

  • New generations of MOSFETs for all voltage ranges: TrenchFET(R) Gen IV, TrenchFET(R) Gen III p-channel, 600 V and 650 V high-performance Super Junction MOSFETs, such as SQJQ402E in the PowerPAK 8×8, and SiHx28N60EF and SiHx33N60EF 600 V with enhanced fast body diodes.
  • FRED Pt(R) Gen 4 — New Ultrafast rectifiers with high dielectric strength that are suitable as anti-parallel diodes for the new 600 V and 650 V IGBT series.
  • Special power inductors: Next-generation coupled, paired, and shielded high-current inductors — IHLE-4040DC-5A.
  • Water-cooled power resistors with up to 25 kW rated power, and steel plate and grid resistors with a rated power of more than 1.5 kW without forced cooling.
  • High-strength and high-temperature-resistant SMD power resistors for use as precision current sensors, battery and meter shunts.
  • Several new series of infrared sensors, transmissive and reflective sensors, and optical isolators and relays.
  • Tantalum polymer capacitors in compact designs with very low ESR.
  • VRPower(R) integrated DrMOS power stage solutions delivering high current and efficiency, especially suitable for multi-phase power supplies (POL).
  • ENYCAPTM electric double-layer capacitors for energy storage and emergency power.

In the target markets, different combinations of these components play an important role in meeting market demands:

Connectivity (Networking, the Internet of Things)

High data availability and security require powerful servers and data infrastructures (the information highway) to network things like machines, transportation, communication and information systems, and everyday objects. These applications must be smart and efficient in many ways, and must be available at any time without complicating systems for users. The development of wired and wireless information and energy transmission is just as essential here as the supply of high-efficiency energy from renewable energy, or “energy harvesting” — the extraction of energy from available resources. These applications include Wearables and Smart Watches as the primary representatives of future ultra-portable, intelligent communication and data acquisition systems, which in the future will also play an important role in our personal lives. Vishay expects that these applications will perform functions such as health monitoring, payment systems, personal identification, nutritional planning, and more. Vishay offers ultra-compact and highly efficient components with high availability and durability for these applications. The selection ranges from fully integrated proximity and ambient light sensors (VCNL4020), ESD protection diodes (VESD05), load switches, MOSFETs (CSPs, chips, and miniature housings), thin film resistor chips and arrays, and extra-flat and small tantalum capacitors with low ESR, to miniature storage chokes in the IFSC series and RX / TX coils for wireless charging.

In power supplies for Servers and Data Storage Systems, Vishay offers components for applications with different features and specifications – TMBS(R) diodes, IHLP(R) power inductors, MOSFETs (PowerPAK(R), PowerPAIR(R)), Power Metal Strip(R) resistors, low-drift thin film SMD resistors and DrMOS solutions (MOSFET driver ICs and high efficiency HL/LS MOSFETs). These must meet the specific performance requirements of light- to full-load operation, guaranteeing especially long life and minimal loss. Other features are high- Megahertz switching frequencies; skip mode (SMOD), the ability of components to skip switching pulses at light load requirements; and zero voltage switching, to further reduce the turn-on loss of the converters.

Mobility

Some of the key applications in this area include Driver Assistance and Information Systems and the Networking of Vehicles for sharing driving-direction-related data. Contactless control units are increasingly integrated, and control is substantially simplified in control concepts for modern automobiles, which significantly reduces driver distraction and increases safety. Gesture and proximity sensors are invisibly integrated into large control units and respond (for example: the display menu bar) only when the operator’s hand reaches a specific distance from the display. This convenience function requires less attention for operation and supports driving safety.

Vishay provides developers of these systems with a number of AEC-Q10-qualified photodetectors and sensors of various types, heights, and configurations. New developments in this area are the VCNL4020X01, a robust proximity and ambient light sensor, which is AEC-Q101-qualified for an up to 105^0C operating temperature, for the improvement of user interfaces in automotive interior applications; and the VEMD5010X01 / VEMD5110X01 PIN photodiodes with high sensitivity and extremely reduced dark current, for use in rain, light, and tunnel sensors. With today’s rain, light, and tunnel sensor technology, which report rain and road moisture to the braking electronics, braking distance can be significantly reduced.

For Inverters and Converters in Electric Vehicles and especially for 48 V Boardnets, Vishay has developed a number of specific, customizable transformers and filters with outstanding switching and EMC behavior. They enable customers to fast and flexibly implement design modifications. In these applications, AEC-Q101-qualified shunt resistors (WSLP0603), IHLP power inductors in sizes 1212 or 1616, and the EMI-reduced IHLE4040 are used as well. Vishay’s portfolio is supplemented by a whole series of newly developed standard, Schottky, and Ultrafast FRED Pt(R) rectifiers, in performance-optimized SMF eSMP(R) housings for use in DC / DC converters, TVS diodes, WSHM2818 series Power Metal Strip(R) resistors with a high 7 W power rating, and latest-generation asymmetric MOSFETs, as well as thin film flat chips and MELFs with improved dielectric and pulse strength.

Sustainability

For use in Solar Panels and Inverters as well as Wind Energy Systems, Vishay offers electronic components with high power density and efficiency that are long-lasting and highly reliable, while meeting strict safety standards. Among these are 095 PLL-4TSI and 096 PLL-4TSI series 4-terminal snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors for use in solar inverters. 104 PHL series aluminum electrolytic capacitors with screw terminals supplement Vishay’s selection regarding increased operating temperature ranges to 105^0C. Film capacitors for use as DC-Links, snubbers, or filters complete the selection. They are self-healing, have low self-inductance, and are characterized by high pulse and dielectric strength. The newly developed Trench PT and FS IGBT platform VS-GC…in combination with the newly developed FRED Pt(R) Gen 4 series VS-4FD…anti-parallel diodes offer developers of modern converters the possibility of increasing system efficiency and reducing EMC interference. Vishay’s selection is supplemented by Super Junction MOSFETs series SiHxXXN60EF with fast, optimized body diodes, especially for use in ZVS (zero voltage switching) and soft switching topologies, as well as by semiconductor modules and high-performance resistors with rated power of >1 kW. Customers benefit from Vishay’s experience in production and selection of high-voltage and safety approved components.

This also applies to components for power transmission, distribution, and supply, such as High-Voltage DC Transmission Systems, Smart Grids, and Electricity Meters where, in addition to longevity, ruggedness, and safety regulations, custom design matters. HVAC and DCMKP Vishay ESTA high-performance capacitors are used in filters and power factor correction systems. These are complemented by the use of WCR water cooled power resistors and VSGR…and GRE…metal plate resistors as snubber, pre-charging, and filter resistors.

For Smart Grids and Electricity Meters the Vishay product range includes, among other components, optocouplers and solid-state relays, MELF resistors with increased dielectric and pulse strength, and WSMS series meter shunts for precise current measurement.

New in Vishay’s portfolio are high capacity 196 HVC ENYCAPTM electrochemical energy storage capacitors, which are primarily used in energy meters and home automation devices for energy supply during power failures or to support peak currents during data transfer. The ENYCAP’s energy density of 13 Ws/g sets an industry standard that provides developers with very compact designs with higher backup availability. The 196 HVC series is characterized by smooth charging behavior and multiple voltage ratings. Because the system does not need a charge balance control of single cells, it is flexible and can be used in a manner similar to batteries, but with much higher cycling strength. The 220EDLC series is the classic alternative, with radial wire leads and high current density. IR transmitter and receiver modules, optocouplers, Zener diodes, rectifiers, and TVS diodes, as well as thermistors for precise temperature measurement, supplement the portfolio.

As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of passive components and discrete semiconductors, Vishay Intertechnology operates in many markets. As a global broadliner, Vishay believes it is well positioned to take advantage of continued market opportunities. This advantage is supported by an extraordinarily broad range of standard products and special components, as well as expertise in solving technical problems. Vishay has many years of experience in the development and manufacturing of electronic components. Its ability to combine multiple components for specific applications plays a crucial role.

About Vishay

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 http://www.vishay.com.

Statements contained herein that relate to Vishay’s long-term business development, strategic acquisitions, anticipated organic growth, expected revenue growth, future product lines and markets, anticipated growth rates, and technical advantages are forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as believe, estimate, will be, will, would, expect, anticipate, plan, project, intend, could, should, or other similar words or expressions often identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations only, and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, many of which are beyond our control. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performance, or achievements may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated or projected. The factors that could cause actual results to materially differ include, but are not limited to, the following: general business and economic conditions, particularly the pace and continuation of recovery in the worldwide economy; uncertainty related to the effects of changes in foreign currency exchange rates; competition and technological changes in our industries; difficulties in new product development; difficulties in identifying suitable acquisition candidates, consummating a transaction on terms which we consider acceptable, and integration and performance of acquired businesses; and other factors affecting our operations that are set forth in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual reports on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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