General Semiconductor was an American semiconductor company that specialized in the design and manufacture of discrete semiconductor components such as diodes, rectifiers, transistors, and thyristors. The company was founded in 1952 and was headquartered in Melville, New York.
General Semiconductor's products were used in a wide range of applications, including consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, and telecommunications industries. The company's product portfolio included a variety of discrete semiconductor components, such as small signal diodes, power diodes, bridge rectifiers, and transient voltage suppressors (TVS).
In 2001, Vishay Intertechnology, a leading manufacturer of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components, acquired General Semiconductor in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.6 billion. Following the acquisition, General Semiconductor became a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology, and its products and technologies were integrated into Vishay's broad portfolio of electronic components.
Today, Vishay Intertechnology continues to provide a wide range of discrete semiconductor components, leveraging the technologies and expertise gained through the acquisition of General Semiconductor. The company's products are used in various industries, including automotive, computing, telecommunications, and industrial automation.
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