International Rectifier

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International Rectifier Corporation an Infineon Technologies Company
Industry Semiconductor
Integrated Circuits
Founded 1947
Key people
Eric Lidow, Founder
Robert LeFort, President
Revenue $1.1 billion (June 2014)[1]
Number of employees
4,200 (June 2014)[1]
Parent Infineon Technologies

International Rectifier is an American power management technology company that manufactures analog and mixed-signal ICs, advanced circuit devices, integrated power systems, and integrated components that enable high-performance in computing. IR's products are used in motherboards, appliances, lighting, automobiles, satellites, aircraft, and defense systems. On 13 January 2015 the company became a part of Infineon Technologies.[1]


  • 1954: commercialization of germanium rectifiers
  • 1959: creation of the first silicon-based rectifier
  • 1974: first power and Darlington transistors which used glass passivation
  • 1979: first hexagonal MOSFET
  • 1983: first intelligent power ICs
  • 2000: FlipFETTM wafer packaging
  • 2002: DirectFETR, a MOSFET packaging technology developed to address thermal limitations found in advanced computing, consumer and communications applications
  • 2003: developed iMOTIONTM Integrated Design Platform for motor control applications
  • 2006: introduced SmartRectifierTM IC for AC-DC applications
  • 2007: launched SupIRBuckR integrated voltage regulators
  • 2008: introduced revolutionary GaN-based power device platform
  • 2011: introduced PowIRstageR devices and CHiLR digital controllers
  • 2012: launched micro integrated power modules for motor control applications and COOLiRIGBTsR for automotive.
  • 2014: bought by Infineon Technologies for $3 billion.[2]
  • 2015: officially becomes a part of Infineon Technologies


International Rectifier also has wafer fabrication and assembly facilities around the world. The locations include:

  • El Segundo, California
  • Temecula, California
  • Leominster, Massachusetts
  • Mesa, Arizona
  • San Jose, California
  • Newport, Wales
  • Tijuana, Mexico


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