Cree Introduces XLamp XQ LEDs Delivering Breakthrough Size and Light Distribution

  Cree Introduces XLamp XQ LEDs Delivering Breakthrough Size and Light
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DURHAM, N.C. -- March 28, 2013

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) announces the availability of a new product family,
the XLamp^® XQ LEDs, featuring a unique combination of small size, novel light
distribution and high reliability design. This combination of features enables
the next generation of designs for applications that require broader light
distribution such as omni-directional lamps and fixtures.

The XQ LEDs are Cree’s smallest lighting-class LEDs at just 1.6mm x 1.6mm, 57
percent smaller than Cree’s XLamp XB package. Built on Cree’s revolutionary
SC^3 Technology™ Platform, the ceramic-based XQ LEDs are designed to deliver
the long-term calculated lifetimes of Cree’s other high-power LEDs, such as
the high performing XP or XT LEDs. The XQ LED’s new light emitting pattern
directs more light towards the edge rather than the center of the package.
Compared to existing LEDs, XQ LEDs allow fewer packages to achieve a wide,
distributed light pattern. Together, these innovations can enable
manufacturers to increase the light output, expected lifetime and
omni-directionality of their designs.

“The high reliability of the ceramic based XQ-B LED allows us to offer a high
quality solution that does not compromise on lifetime,” says Martin
Hockemeyer, Vice Chairman of the Board of TELEFUNKEN Licht AG.“The unique
optical advantage of the XQ-B gives us the opportunity to create the brilliant
look that our customers are looking for.”

“Once again, Cree is creating innovative solutions to allow our customers to
differentiate their products,” said Paul Thieken, Cree director of marketing,
LED components. “Unlike other mid-power packages, the XQ LEDs allow lighting
manufacturers to meet their light distribution requirements using fewer LEDs
without giving up the performance or reliability that they expect from Cree’s
lighting-class LEDs.”

The XQ family includes two new LEDs, the XQ-B and the XQ-D. In cool white
(5000K), the XQ-B LED delivers up 160 lumens-per-watt at 0.18 W and the XQ-D
LED delivers up to 130 lumens-per-watt at 1 W. Both LEDs are available in
2700K to 6500K color temperatures with minimum 80 CRI option.

Cree^® XLamp XQ LED samples are available now and production quantities are
available with standard lead times. Visit www.cree.com/xq to learn more about
Cree’s latest innovation.

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^® and XLamp^® are registered trademarks, and SC³ Technology™ is a
trademark of Cree, Inc.

Contact:

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