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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Cree Delivers the First 160-Lumen White Power LED

via PRNewswire

DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE),a leader in LED solid-state lighting components, today announced new benchmarks for power LED brightness and efficacy with the release of thenewest white Cree XLamp(R) 7090 power LED. This new XLamp LED, available involume quantities, produces luminous flux of up to 95 lumens or 85 lumens perwatt at 350 mA, and up to 160 lumens at 700 mA.

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Typical luminous flux for the new Cree XLamp 7090 LED is 80 lumens at 350mA, yielding 70 lumens per watt. The new XLamp LED was designed to enable general lighting applications, such as street lighting, retail high baylighting and parking garage low bay lighting, as well as to vastly improve the light quality in consumer applications such as flashlights. LED technology has been sufficiently bright for many general illumination applications for sometime. The new XLamp 7090 LED, however, offers the efficiency and reliability needed to make LEDs cost-effective for more of these applications. The new XLamp 7090 LED is the first power LED based on the company's EZBright(TM)1000LED chip, which provides the industry's highest efficacy at 350 mA.

"Cree LEDs are achieving efficacy levels formerly delivered only by themost efficient traditional lighting sources, including fluorescent bulbs. We have established a new class of LED performance," notes Mike Dunn , Cree general manager and vice president, lighting and backlighting LEDs. "Our goal at Cree remains to aggressively increase the brightness and efficacy of our LEDs to ensure that LEDs become a cost-effective, energy-saving alternative for all lighting applications."

"The Department of Energy is pleased to have been a contributing partner in the Cree research and development efforts that have achieved a new level of performance for power LEDs," notes Alexander Karsner, Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "Now, morethan ever, our nation needs energy-saving technology that is top-quality andcost-effective. The Department will continue to work with Cree and other lighting-industry partners to turn advanced energy-saving technology into commercially available and successful products that save energy for consumers."

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