Power Electronics

International Rectifier and Vishay Intertechnology Settle Dispute

INTERNATIONAL RECTIFIER AND VISHAY INTERTECHNOLOGY announced that they have entered into a settlement agreement to resolve certain disputes related to Vishay's 2007 acquisition of International Rectifier's Power Control Systems (PCS) business. Under the settlement, International Rectifier refunded $30 million of the purchase price associated with the acquisition, and Vishay has released International Rectifier from claims related to certain outstanding disputes regarding the acquisition.

In addition, Vishay and International Rectifier clarified and revised the covenant not-to-compete associated with the acquisition to permit International Rectifier to develop, design, manufacture, and sell under certain conditions additional products that incorporate technologies sold or licensed to Vishay in the acquisition. International Rectifier also granted to Vishay a license to certain additional technology developed in the future by International Rectifier.

International Rectifier expected to report a pretax gain for the fourth fiscal quarter ending June 28, 2009 in excess of $85 million due to recognition of the gain on the sale of the PCS business that had been deferred due to the previous uncertainties now resolved in the settlement.

International Rectifier completed the sale of the PCS business to Vishay on April 1, 2007. International Rectifier (http://www.irf.com) is a world leader in power-management technology while Vishay Intertechnology (http://www.vishay.com) is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and selected ICs, and passive electronic components.

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