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

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

    New CXA LEDs Deliver Industry’s Highest Efficacy Lighting-Class Arrays

Business Wire

DURHAM, N.C. -- March 26, 2013

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.

Contact:

Cree, Inc.
Gena Fiegel, 919-407-7651
media@cree.com
 
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