SOURCE: Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

February 01, 2011 11:00 ET

Vishay Intertechnology's New Power Metal Strip® Meter Shunt Resistor Is Industry's First to Offer Direct PCB Mounting; Features Low Resistance Values Down to 100 Micro-ohms and 3 W Power Capability in 2908 Size Package

MALVERN, PA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced a new Power Metal Strip® meter shunt resistor that is the industry's first with sense leads designed to be soldered directly to the PCB, eliminating the need for costly flexible leads. The WSMS2908 combines a 3 W power capability in the 2908 size package with extremely low resistance values down to 100 micro-ohms.

The WSMS2908 meter shunt resistor features a proprietary processing technique that produces extremely low resistance values of 100, 250, 300, 430, and 500 micro-ohms. These values allow for increased accuracy in current meter shunt applications for industrial and consumer single- or multi-phase energy meters. With a tolerance of 5.0 %, the new resistor provides power companies with more accurate data to determine customer usage and to adjust billing terms.

The WSMS2908 features a five-terminal connection design and an all-welded construction that contributes to its superior electrical performance. The resistor offers very low inductance values of less than 5 nH and a low thermal EMF of less than 3 microvolts/°C. The device is lead (Pb)-free and RoHS-compliant.

Samples and production quantities of the new meter shunt resistor are available now, with a lead time of eight to 10 weeks for larger orders. Follow Power Metal Strip resistors at

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 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

Power Metal Strip is a registered trademark of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

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