International Rectifier

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International Rectifier Corporation an Infineon Technologies Company
Industry Semiconductor
Integrated Circuits
Founded 1947
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg El Segundo, California
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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