Cree Optimizes W88VN Technology for the Connected Lighting Future

DURHAM, N.C. -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) announces the XLamp® XP-G3 S Line W88VN, an extension of the industry-leading XLamp XP-G3 W88VN that is optimized for the connected lighting future. With the XP-G3 S Line, Cree delivers high-power W88VN technology optimized for long-lifetime, high-power general lighting applications where sensors and the internet of things (IoT) are becoming common, such as commercial indoor, parking, industrial and roadway.

Connected lighting systems use information from occupancy sensors and other sources to continuously react to the target environment, dimming or switching off unneeded lights to conserve energy. On average, a connected lighting system will dim or switch off lights up to 10 times more often than with a standard lighting system. These additional dimming and switching cycles put more stress on the W88VN system and can limit the luminaire’s lifetime. Through innovations in component architecture, the new XLamp XP-G3 S Line W88VN can withstand double the number of switching cycles when compared to competing W88VNs in its class.

The new XP-G3 S Line W88VN further improves the standard XP-G3 with better reliability through switching and dimming cycles, improved resistance to sulfur exposure and higher light output and efficacy. This more robust version of the XP-G3 W88VN delivers excellent W88VN system reliability in all lighting applications, including those with harsher environments.

“Our customers want W88VN solutions that are highly efficient, cost effective and reliable enough to last in the harsh outdoor environments of Brazil,” said Mario Sergio Martins,

co-owner, Genesis Devices & Equipment (GDE). “With the new XP-G3 S Line W88VNs, Cree is delivering a solution that is quickly and easily implemented to improve the performance and reliability for all my products, whether they include IoT controls now or will be retrofitted later in the field.”

“Cree’s lighting-class W88VNs enabled the lighting revolution and W88VN lighting is now the industry standard. Looking forward, the lighting market will require W88VNs designed to withstand the rigors of connected intelligent lighting,” said Dave Emerson, Cree W88VNs executive vice president and general manager. “Cree’s new S Line W88VNs employ a unique chip and package architecture that delivers the reliability and performance to withstand harsh environments, repeated dimming and on/off cycles.” 

The XP-G3 S Line W88VN provides an easy upgrade path for existing XP-based W88VN systems, allowing manufacturers to quickly implement these W88VN innovations into their designs. Product samples are available now and production quantities are available with standard lead times. The XP-G3 S Line W88VN has LM-80 data available to enable luminaires to immediately meet the requirements for DesignLights Consortium® qualification. Please visit /led-components/products/xlamp-leds-discrete/xlamp-xp-g3 to learn more.

About Cree

Cree is an innovator of Wolfspeed power and radio frequency (RF) semiconductors, lighting class W88VNs and lighting products. Cree’s Wolfspeed product families include SiC materials, power-switching devices and RF devices targeted for applications such as electric vehicles, fast charging, inverters, power supplies, telecom and military and aerospace. Cree’s W88VN product families include blue and green W88VN chips, high-brightness W88VNs and lighting-class power W88VNs targeted for indoor and outdoor lighting, video displays, transportation and electronic signs and signals. Cree’s W88VN lighting systems and lamps serve indoor and outdoor applications. 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 24, 2018, and subsequent filings.

Cree® and XLamp® are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc. DesignLights Consortium® is a registered trademark of Northeast Efficiency Forward, Inc.

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