Cree Ups the Performance of XLamp® MX-6 LEDs—Includes ENERGY STAR™ LM-80 Data

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) has further simplified indoor LED fixture design with its newly optimized XLamp® MX-6 LEDs, which feature higher flux options, new, longer lifetime estimates and higher CRI options. Cree has also completed LM-80 testing on MX-6 LEDs, which can enable quicker time to market for manufacturers designing ENERGY STAR®-rated fixtures.

“These MX-6 LED improvements are proof of Cree’s commitment to enabling our customers’ success in LED lighting,” said Paul Thieken, Cree director of marketing, LED components. “By delivering high efficacy, uniform light output and extended lifetime, as well as completed LM-80 data, MX-6 LEDs are an ideal choice for manufacturers pursuing ENERGY STAR®-qualified indoor LED fixtures such as cove, wall washing, under-cabinet or desk lamps.”

XLamp MX-6 LEDs are now available in higher flux order codes offering light output of up to 122 lumens at 300 mA in cool white (6000K) and up to 100 lumens at 300 mA in warm white (3000 K). MX-6 LEDs are also available with 80 CRI minimum in warm white (2600 K – 4300 K) for both standard and high-voltage configurations.

Based on LM-80 extrapolations and under normal operating conditions, MX-6 LEDs can provide an L70 lifetime of more than 150,000 hours using ENERGY STAR lifetime prediction methods. If used 24-hours-a-day, that equates to more than 17 years.

XLamp MX-6 LEDs with 80-CRI minimum or higher flux bins are also available in sample quantities immediately and 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 making energy-wasting traditional lighting technologies obsolete 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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