Cree Sets New R&D Performance Record with 276 Lumen-Per-Watt Power LED

  Cree Sets New R&D Performance Record with 276 Lumen-Per-Watt Power LED

              Extends Leadership with Highest Efficacy Power LED

Business Wire

DURHAM, N.C. -- February 13, 2013

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) delivers another industry first with a
barrier-breaking 276 lumen-per-watt white R&D power LED. This significant
milestone exceeds Cree’s previous R&D industry record of 254 lumens per watt
and demonstrates Cree’s continued commitment to innovate and accelerate the
adoption of LED lighting.

Cree’s innovative SC³ Technology™ Platform, available today in Cree
XLamp®LEDs, enables this record-breaking R&D result. The SC³ Technology
Platform features advancements in LED chip architecture and phosphor and
boasts a new package design to deliver the most advanced LED components in the

Cree reports that the LED efficacy was measured at 276 lumens per watt, at a
correlated color temperature of 4401 K and 350 mA.

“The core of the Cree R&D culture is a relentless focus on innovation that
ultimately drives LED adoption,” said John Edmond, Cree co-founder and
director of advanced optoelectronics. “The innovation from our labs is the
foundation for our lighting-class XLamp LEDs. Higher performance LEDs can
enable new and better LED-based applications and drive down the solution cost
of LED designs.”

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.

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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 we may be unable to develop and
release commercial products with performance comparable to the development
results described above; 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® and XLamp® are registered trademarks, and SC³ Technology™ is a trademark
of Cree, Inc.


Cree, Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Gena Fiegel, 919-407-7651
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