Vishay Rolls Out Sfernice P10L Miniature Panel Potentiometer

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (NYSE: VSH) announced a new low-cost, long-life panel potentiometer with a low temperature coefficient down to ±150ppm/°C and small 9.6-mm size. While standard low-cost panel potentiometers reach 50,000 cycles, the P10L offers a long life of 500,000 cycles. For designers, this reduces the need for replacement parts, increasing reliability and lowering maintenance costs.

Featuring a fully sealed IP67 package with pure Sn terminals, the potentiometer is intended for control panel, low-cost actuation proportional pedal, and illumination applications in toys, hospital bed audio systems, air conditioning controls, portable heater controls, simple tool machines, and dimmers.

Vishay Sfernice P10L Miniature Panel PotentiometerWith its 9.6-mm size, the new device offers designers a compact alternative to other low-cost panel potentiometers. Its cermet element provides better stability than carbon elements, while its 1,000-VRMS dielectric strength offers greater reliability and robustness. The P10L features a plastic shaft and bushing, with custom shafts available in accordance to drawings supplied by customers.

The new Vishay Sfernice device offers a maximum operating torque of 2.83oz. per inch, and an end stop torque of 9.9oz. per inch. The potentiometer features four resistance values from 1kO to 50kO, with a low 1% typical contact resistance variation. An operating temperature range of -40°C to +100°C ensures reliable operation even in extreme environments.

Samples and production quantities of the P10L are available now, with lead times of eight to 10 weeks for larger orders. Pricing is $1.90 per unit in small quantities, and $1.40 per unit in large quantities.

About Vishay Intertechnology
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, rectifiers, transistors, and optoelectronics and selected ICs) and passive electronic components (resistors, capacitors, inductors, sensors, and transducers). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, and medical markets. Its product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and ability to provide “one-stop shop” service have made Vishay a global industry leader.