Cree Breaks 10,000 Lumen Barrier with Expanded Family of Integrated LED Arrays

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) extends the XLamp® CXA family of integrated LED arrays with the new higher light output CXA2540 and CXA3050 LEDs. Optimized to simplify designs and lower system cost, the new CXA LEDs deliver 5,000 to over 10,000 lumens, enabling new applications such as high output track lights and downlights, outdoor area lighting and high bay lighting.

The new Cree® CXA3050 LED is now the brightest member of the CXA family and can enable LED replacements for up to 100 watt ceramic metal halide in spot lighting or up to 175 watt pulse-start metal halide in high-bay and outdoor area lighting. The addition of the CXA3050 LED Array also enables lighting manufacturers to rapidly expand their product portfolio with higher lumen products. The new CX2540 LED delivers up to 20 percent higher efficacy at 5,000 lumens and 3000K than competing LED arrays of similar size. In addition, the CXA2540 shares the same mechanical package as the existing CXA2520 and CXA2530 LEDs, giving manufacturers access to the same connector and optics solutions available today.

“We really like the ease-of-use and high performance of the CXA family and we’re looking for higher lumen versions to address the high bay lighting market,” said Jong Hyun Woo, chief project manager, ILSUNG Ltd. “The CXA3050 LED Array gives us the performance that we need together with the high reliability that Cree is known for to create compelling designs for our customers.”

The CXA2540 and 3050 LED Arrays use the same proven package technology as the CXA1507 LED which now has 6,000 hours of LM-80 data published and is able to support TM-21 calculated lifetimes of greater than 130,000 hours at binning current and greater than 85,000 hours at maximum current. This long-term calculated lifetime exceeds many other LED Arrays and plastic mid-power LEDs used today.

“Cree is the only LED manufacturer that can deliver industry-leading performance and reliability in all types of LED packages,” said Paul Thieken, Cree director of marketing, LED components. “The CXA family of integrated arrays enables lighting manufacturers with an easy-to-use single LED solution without compromising light output, efficacy or long-term reliability.”

To help lighting manufacturers get started designing with the new CXA integrated LED arrays, Cree has also published three CXA-based LED reference designs: PAR30 replacement lamp, six-inch downlight and retail track light. In addition, the new CXA LEDs are available in EasyWhite® color temperatures, providing the LED industry’s best color consistency for designs that use only one LED.

XLamp CXA2540 and CXA3050 LED samples are available now and production quantities are available with standard lead times. To learn more about the new Cree CXA LEDs or the reference designs, please visit www.cree.com/cxa.

About Cree

Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and making energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete through the use of energy-efficient, mercury-free LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor products for power and radio frequency (RF) applications.

Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices. Cree products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, backlighting, electronic signs and signals, power suppliers and solar inverters.

For additional product and company information, please refer to www.cree.com. To learn more about the LED Lighting Revolution, please visit www.creeledrevolution.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk that actual savings and lifetimes may vary from expectations; the risk we may be unable to manufacture these new products with sufficiently low cost to offer them at competitive prices or with acceptable margins; the risk we may encounter delays or other difficulties in ramping up production of our new products; customer acceptance of LED products; the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 24, 2012, and subsequent filings.

Cree®, EasyWhite® and XLamp® are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc.

Contacts:

Cree, Inc.
Gena Fiegel, 919-407-7651
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