March 22, 2016

New Cree XLamp CXA2 High Density LEDs Double Lumen Output

CXB1520 First to Deliver Over 6,000 lumens in 9mm LES Enabling Better Light Experiences
DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) continues to break performance barriers with the introduction of Cree® XLamp®CXB1310 and CXB1520 High Density LED arrays. Incorporating elements of Cree's SC5 Technology Platform, the new LEDs deliver the highest lumen density at 6mm and 9mm - the most lumens in the industry for their LES [light emitting surface] sizes. The advancement enables radically new and differentiated LED lighting form factors for applications like track lights, lamps and downlights. For example, the CXB1520 LED packs the lumen output of seven 60-watt replacement lamps into an area much smaller than a dime, allowing lighting manufacturers to put more light where it is intended at a lower system cost.

xpl-thumb“The CXB1310 High Density LED array delivers an impressive amount of light in a small package,” said Massimo Parravicini, R&D director of Reggiani Illuminazione. “The high lumen density of the CXB1310 LED will allow us to offer LED designs with performance and form factors previously impossible.”

The high performance of the CXA2 High Density LED arrays allow lighting manufacturers to reduce thermal, mechanical and optical costs at the system level. For example, when combined with a 74mm diameter optic, the 3000K, 80 CRI CXB1520 High Density LED array delivers over 50,000 candela in a 10-degree beam while drawing only 40 watts. This high lumen density allows lighting manufacturers to deliver the performance of a 70W ceramic metal halide (CMH) PAR38 lamp through a much smaller PAR20-size optic using 43 percent less power. The CXB1310 High Density LED array delivers up to 3,200 lumens in a 6mm LES, allowing similar reductions in size and power from traditional light sources.

“The CXB1520 High Density LED allows us to deliver downlights that provide up to 2700 lumens with just 28 watts in a very small 4” trim platform. What was previously only possible in much larger platforms with much higher wattage requirements is now made possible in our VF Series Specification Grade Luminaire Downlight product line using Cree’s CXB1520 High Density LEDs,” said Justin Weaver, Vice President Engineering, LF Illumination. “The very high efficacy of the CXB1520 High Density LED also allows us to move many of our products that at one time were only possible with active cooling solutions to passive solutions, simplifying our design and lowering our system costs significantly.”

Offering the industry’s best color consistency for designs that use only one LED, Cree XLamp CXA2 High Density LED arrays are characterized and binned at 85°C, available in 2-, 3- and 5-step EasyWhite® color temperatures (2700K – 6500K), and CRI options of 70, 80 and 90. The CXB1310 and CXB1520 LEDs have LM-80 long-term test data available immediately, delivering reported L90 lifetime projections of at least 36,300 hours at 85°C and 105°C.

“Cree pioneered high lumen density LED arrays, and we continue to push the boundaries of LED performance, consistently achieving what no other LED manufacturer has been able to achieve,” said Dave Emerson, vice president and general manager for Cree LEDs. “The industry-leading performance of the new CXA2 High Density LED arrays allows our customers to develop differentiated products that deliver high performance and energy savings through better LED technology.”

The CXA2 High Density LED arrays are available in the same form factor as the CXA LED arrays, allowing the use of existing optics, holders and drivers. The CXA2 High Density LED arrays are also UL-recognized and feature a level 4 rating. Product samples are available now, and production quantities are available with standard lead times. Please visit www.cree.com/cxa2 to learn more.

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.

Please refer to www.cree.com for additional product and company information.

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 will 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 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 28, 2015, and subsequent filings.

Cree®, EasyWhite®, and XLamp® are registered trademarks, and SC5 Technology is a trademark of Cree, Inc.

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