August 30, 2012

Cree Introduces 150-mm 4HN Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Wafers

DURHAM, NC -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) announces availability of high quality, low micropipe 150-mm 4H n-type silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial wafers. Cree continues to lead the SiC materials marketplace in driving to larger diameters and this latest advancement lowers device cost and enables adoption for customers with existing 150-mm diameter device processing lines. 150-mm epitaxial wafers with highly uniform epitaxial layers as thick as 100 microns are available for immediate purchase.

SiC is a high-performance semiconductor material used in the production of a broad range of lighting, power and communication components, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), power switching devices and RF power transistors for wireless communications. 150-mm diameter single crystal SiC substrates enable cost reductions and increased throughput, while bolstering the continued growth of the SiC industry.

“Cree’s ability to deliver high volumes of 100-mm epitaxial wafers is unrivaled in the SiC industry and our latest 150-mm technology continues to raise the standards for SiC wafers,” said Dr. Vijay Balakrishna, Cree materials product manager. “Our vertically integrated approach assures customers of a complete solution for high quality 150-mm SiC epitaxial wafers, providing industry leaders within the power electronics market the stable supply they demand.”

150-mm 4H n-type SiC epitaxial wafers are available for immediate purchase in limited quantities.  For more information, please contact Materials_Sales@cree.com.

About CreeCree 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, electronic signs and signals, power supplies 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 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; the risk that actual savings will vary from expectations; 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 24, 2012, and subsequent filings.