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Vishay Intertechnology’s Optocouplers Offer 800 V Off-State Voltage

For Home Appliances and Industrial Equipment, Space-Saving Devices With Phototriac Output Feature 1000 V/μs dV/dt in Flat SOP-4 Package

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the release of two new optocouplers with a phototriac output in the compact flat SOP-4 package. Featuring high off-state voltage of 800 V and dV/dt of 1000 V/μs, the Vishay Semiconductors VOT8024AM and VOT8121AM deliver high robustness and noise isolation for home appliances and industrial equipment.

The optocouplers announced today isolate low voltage logic from 120 VAC, 240 VAC, and 380 VAC lines to control resistive, inductive, or capacitive loads, including motors, solenoids, high current thyristors, or TRIACs and relays. Reducing design costs and saving board space, the devices consist of a GaAs infrared LED optically coupled to either a zero-crossing TRIAC (VOT8024AM) for EMI reduction without the need for external snubber networks, or a random-phase TRIAC (VOT8121AM) to enable phase-independent switching.

The high off-state voltage of the VOT8024AM and VOT8121AM enhances safety margins in one-phase applications while still maintaining enough voltage headroom for three-phase applications. For additional safety, the optocouplers offer a withstanding isolation voltage of 3750 VRMS. Low trigger currents of 5 mA for the VOT8024AM and 10 mA for the VOT8121AM facilitate an easy interface with digital logic.

Typical applications for the RoHS-compliant optocouplers include power TRIAC drivers in solid-state relays, three-phase air conditioners, boilers, thermostats, industrial motor control and power line switching, and motor, lamp, and valve control in household appliances.

Samples and production quantities of the VOT8024AM and VOT8121AM are available now, with lead times of six to eight weeks.


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.

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