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Vishay offers Pb-free standard optocouplers

Posted: 03 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optocoupler? rohs? pb fee?

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. announced that its entire line of standard optocouplers is completely Pb-free. Vishay has shipped more than a billion lead (Pb)-free optocouplers for use in a wide range of industrial, consumer, and telecommunications applications. The company claims to be the first manufacturer to offer lead (Pb)-free optocouplers, which it introduced in 1997 in response to concerns about lead (Pb) in the environment.

Vishay is in the process of eliminating or reducing the lead content of Vishay products in early accordance with the European Union's Restrictions on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS). The majority of Vishay's products have lead (Pb)-free terminations, and the company expects 100 percent of required products to have lead-free terminations by June 2006.

"We place great importance in preserving the health of the environment, as evidenced from our efforts to offer lead (Pb)-free optocouplers starting eight years ago," said Paul Sinclair, Vishay's Director of Marketing for Optocouplers. "Today, we are very pleased to announce that our entire optocoupler line, consisting of thousands of different part numbers, is now completely free of lead (Pb)."

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