Featured Manufacturer: Vishay Intertechnology

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the ticker symbol VSH, Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is a Fortune 1000 Company. The company is a leading manufacturer of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components. As a global leader in the electronic parts industry, its revolutionary technology is essential to modern technology.

About Vishay Intertechnology

Located in Pennsylvania just off US Highway 30, Vishay’s company headquarters are in Malvern, a self-governing borough within the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area. Some 25 miles from Philadelphia’s city center, the company’s products are winners of numerous awards from publications and organizations within the electronics industry. Vishay is additionally ISO 45001 certified in most facilities while maintaining compliance with every applicable law, regulation, and rule in the countries where the company operates.

Additionally, Vishay Intertechnology prides itself on ensuring its operations globally are sustainable, responsible, and ethical. As a Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) member, Vishay is committed to exceeding customer expectations in the quality of the company’s products and how it does business and environmental and social issues. This continuing commitment includes those within the company’s supply chain, who must sign a quality agreement setting expectations for Vishay-authorized distributors to conform to the code of conduct outlined by the RBA.

Vishay’s History

The company’s founder, Dr. Felix Zandman, was born in Poland in 1928. Suffering persecution during World War 2, as did tens of millions of others, he and some of his family only survived the war through luck and a Polish family’s kindness. While hiding under the floorboards of a house for nearly a year and a half with others, Dr. Zandman learned trigonometry and higher mathematics from his uncle. Evading German soldiers for two weeks, Dr. Zandman, his uncle, and the others eventually escaped to the Russian side of the front.

After the war, he emigrated to France, earning degrees from the University of Nancy in physics and engineering and a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University in Paris. In 1956, the Budd Company recruited Dr. Zandman to work in the United States, where he developed an idea for a revolutionary resistor. Before his invention, resistors responded negatively to even slight temperature changes, while Zandman’s design showed they could resist temperature changes. However, a market research study by the company indicated that his invention wasn’t marketable.

Dr. Zandman left Budd and founded his own company in 1962 with a vision and his resistor design. The name “Vishay” comes from a village in southern Lithuania near the Polish border, where his ancestors came from. Though he had yet to build even a model resistor using his design, Zandman was confident of the theory behind it. He started what would become Vishay Intertechnology with just $4000 of his funds and a loan from his cousin in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

After hiring Dan Post and Jim Starr to assist with some of the technical aspects of his project, the company produced a working foil resistor that was temperature resistant. Vishay now had a marketable product, which it produced along with a temperature-resistant strain gauge. This foil resistor proved revolutionary – with applications for instrumentation, computing, and aerospace – and brought in $100,000 in sales in the first year alone.

The company became the leading manufacturer of foil resistors, strain gauges, and other products through the rest of the 1960s and into the 1970s, operating as part of the Vishay Precision Group. The company developed a worldwide reputation for reliable and quality products due mainly to its research and development investments. Under Dr. Zandman’s guidance, Vishay expanded the products it made during the 1980s and, as a result, became incredibly profitable.

After 20 years as a valuable member of Vishay Intertechnology and its predecessors, Dr. Gerald Paul took on the company’s president role in 1998 and became Vishay’s CEO in 2005. Dr. Paul’s leadership saw the company through the Great Recession and remained profitable through 2008 and 2009. Vishay now has customers in nearly every industry, with production facilities throughout the Americas, Asia, and Europe and sales offices worldwide.

The world Dr. Zandman predicted is a reality founded on his innovative technology. Vishay’s products assist with sustainability, mobility, and connectivity while the company grows. Though he passed away in 2011, Dr. Zandman’s values and standards remain part of the company’s vision.

Vishay Intertechnology’s Manufactured Products

The company’s products now include capacitors, diodes, discrete semiconductors, and passive electronic components. Vishay’s research and development continue to enable innovation. The company’s products have served to rapidly expand manufacturing automation, electric vehicles (EVs), the 5G cellphone network, and the connectivity inherent in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Looking towards the future, the company remains a powerful force in electronics manufacturing, partnering with Vishay distributors to make a better future.

Typically, applications for parts that can be sourced from Vishay-authorized distributors include the following:

  • Aerospace and military components like flight control computers.
  • Automotive parts like circuit breakers, DC converters, actuator controls, battery management systems, fuel injectors, computers for diesel engines, proximity sensors, EV inverters, HVAC climate controls, and LED lighting.
  • Computer-related parts for inkjet printers, notebooks, power supplies, and tablets.
  • Consumer products with components for LCD televisions, proximity sensors, portable media players, and unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Industrial components like AC motor drives, energy meters, fault indicators, flat panel displays, lighting ballasts, payment systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), smoke detectors, solar inverters, and wind turbines.
  • Medical equipment like handheld blood glucose meters and ultrasound systems.
  • Telecommunications devices like IoT sensors, smartphones, telecom power supplies, and modem routers.

As a Vishay distributor, Solid State Inc. offers numerous products manufactured by Vishay Intertechnology.

Shop for Vishay Products at Solid State Inc.

Solid State Inc. is an authorized Vishay distributor offering a full range of their products. As a Vishay distributor, our company carries many transistors, thyristors, resistors, rectifiers, diodes, capacitors, and other electronic components. We additionally carry electronic parts made by other manufacturers within our easily searchable inventory, discoverable by manufacturer or component part numbers. Solid State’s technical teams can also advise which parts will best serve a customer’s needs.