International Rectifier

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International Rectifier Corp
Type Public
Traded as NYSEIRF
Industry Semiconductor
Integrated Circuits
Founded 1947
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg El Segundo, California, USA
Key people Eric Lidow, Founder
Richard Dahl, Chairman
Oleg Khaykin, CEO
Revenue $1.050 billion US$ (2012)
Employees 4,911(2012)

International Rectifier (NYSE:IRF) is an American power management technology company. IR’s analog- and mixed-signal ICs, advanced circuit devices, integrated power systems, and components enable high-performance computing and reduce energy waste from motors, the world’s single largest consumer of electricity. IR's customers include manufacturers of computers, energy-efficient appliances, lighting, automobiles, satellites, aircraft, and defense systems.


  • 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, the German chip maker, for about $3 billion in cash. [1]


International Rectifier is a major semiconductor manufacturer with wafer fabrication and assembly facilities throughout the world. The locations include:

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

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Infineon to Buy International Rectifier, a Chip Maker, for $3 Billion