8 April 2010


International Rectifier opens manufacturing plant for high-reliability products

International Rectifier Corp (IR) of El Segundo, CA, USA, which makes power management devices using both silicon and gallium nitride materials, has opened a new manufacturing facility in San Jose dedicated to the design and manufacture of high-reliability products for space, aerospace, military and heavy-duty industrial applications.

The new 35,000ft2 site is DSCC-certified Class H and Class K, and AS9100, ISO9001 qualified to design and manufacture ruggedized hybrid DC–DC converters for customers of IR’s HiRel business unit.

“Leveraging IR’s 20 years of heritage in high-reliability applications, and working in partnership with our expert team of designers in Denmark, our new San Jose facility will play a pivotal role in the manufacture and supply of high-reliability DC–DC converters to the space, aerospace, military and heavy-duty industrial markets,” says John Conley, VP of operations & engineering, HiRel business unit.

The investment underlines IR’s commitment to the design and manufacture of power management solutions for high-reliability markets, says Fred Farris, VP of sales & marketing, HiRel business unit.

The HiRel San Jose-based group is supported by a design center in Skovlunde, Denmark for spacecraft power system designs and complex power conversion system solutions, and a silicon design center in El Segundo.

IR says that its high-reliability products, ranging from stand-alone discrete components to complex hybrid power module assemblies and rugged DC–DC converters, use leading-edge power technology which, together with demanding environmental specifications, help space, military, commercial aircraft, heavy-duty industrial and medical device design engineers meet their toughest design challenges.

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