September 16, 2010

Cree Brings Lighting-Class LEDs to the Half-Watt LED Market

XLamp® ML-E LED Enables ENERGY STAR® Compliant Distributed Illumination Products
DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc.(Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, is raising the standard for half-watt LED devices with the commercial availability of its XLamp® ML-E LED. The lighting-class XLamp ML-E provides lighting designers with a compact and cost-effective solution for distributed LED arrays that can enable them to meet the stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® performance criteria.

“When we set out to build our new linear light engine, we required the efficacy and reliability of XLamp LEDs, but wanted a smaller package size,” said Markus Vockenroth, managing director, MAL Effekt-Technik GmbH. “The XLamp ML-E LED was the perfect combination of price and performance for our application.”

The XLamp ML-E delivers lighting-class performance in applications where a smooth, uniform appearance is required, such as LED fluorescent-tube replacement, ceiling-mounted panel lights and under-cabinet lighting. Unlike other low-power LEDs originally developed for consumer electronics and backlighting applications, the XLamp ML-E delivers the segment-leading color binning, efficacy, thermal resistance and the long-term reliability required for ENERGY STAR® luminaires and bulbs.

“The ML-E offers the lighting design community a simple and affordable solution for a major portion of the solid-state lighting market,” said Paul Thieken, Cree, director of marketing, LED Components. “Designers of applications like fluorescent-tube replacement no longer need to settle for LEDs that aren’t lighting-class.”

The XLamp ML-E delivers full-size features in a small, affordable package with luminous flux of up to 58 lm at 150 mA in cool white (5000 K) and up to 48 lm in warm white (3000 K). Like the XLamp MX-6 and MX-3 LEDs, the ML-E provides a tightly controlled uniform angular chromaticity and a 120-degree viewing angle, optimized for distributed lighting applications. The XLamp ML-E also shares the same ANSI-compliant chromaticity binning used by the XLamp XP and MX families of LEDs.

XLamp ML-E LEDs are available in sample quantities immediately and in production quantities with standard lead times. To locate a distributor, please visit www.cree.com/buyxlamp.

About Cree
Cree is leading the LED lighting revolution and setting the stage to obsolete the incandescent light bulb through the use of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lighting. Cree is a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions for wireless and power 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 radio-frequency/wireless devices. Cree solutions are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, backlighting, electronic signs and signals, variable-speed motors, and wireless communications.

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 we may encounter delays or other difficulties in ramping up production of our new 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 27, 2010, and subsequent filings.

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