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Vishay Intertechnology Congratulates Nelson Piquet Jr. on Winning FIA Formula E Championship

20:00 EDT 21 Jul 2015 | Globe Newswire

MALVERN, Pa., July 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE:VSH) extends its congratulations to Nelson Piquet Jr. for winning the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship racing series. Piquet, a native of Brazil and son of three-time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet, drove for the NEXTEV TCR China Racing team — co-sponsored by Vishay in partnership with Mouser Electronics — which finished fourth overall in the team standings.

Over the course of the 11-race Formula E Championship season, Piquet took home the checkered flag in Long Beach, California, and Moscow — earning a 17-point lead heading into the finale in London. In a thrilling race, he clawed his way to a seventh-place finish to clinch the drivers’ championship by one point ahead of runner-up Sebastien Buemi.

Featuring cars powered exclusively by electricity, the FIA Formula E Championship is making a big impact in bringing the issue of sustainability to a wide audience. The global racing series represents a vision for the future of the motor sports industry over the coming decades, and it serves as a framework for research and development around electric vehicles.

Beyond its co-sponsorship of the NEXTEV TCR team, Vishay offers a wide range of industry-leading components used in full electric vehicles (FEV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). These include the Vishay Dale Thin Film PATT series of precision automotive high-temperature thin film chip resistors for efficient battery management. The WSHM2828 Power Metal Strip® series is ideal for monitoring power from the battery to the motor or for regenerative braking. Power Metal Strip technology is a leading technology in all battery management applications due to the superior performance of low TCR and thermal EMF in ultra-low resistance values.

Vishay Dale IHLP® and IHTH low-profile, high-current power inductors increase reliability in electric vehicles by replacing ferrite solutions that are not only larger, but also less stable over temperature and current variations.

The Vishay Siliconix medium-voltage, automotive-grade SQJ402EP ThunderFET® MOSFET in the PowerPAK® SO-8L is part of the DC/DC conversion circuitry in battery charging/discharging control modules. Its low on-resistance and on-resistance times gate charge FOM — which are among the lowest for devices featuring 5 mm by 6 mm packages — provide higher efficiency, a key to extending battery life.

More information about the FIA Formula E series and Vishay’s technologies for electric vehicles is available at http://www.vishay.com/landingpage/formulaerace/.

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.

Power Metal Strip and IHLP are registered trademarks of Vishay Intertechnology. ThunderFET and PowerPAK are registered trademarks of Siliconix Incorporated.

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For more information please contact:
Vishay Intertechnology
Andrew Post, +1 610 251-5287
andrew.post@vishay.com  

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