Cree and Array Wireless Score Touchdown with New GaN Devices


DURHAM, NC, OCTOBER 26, 2006 - Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) and Array Wireless, Inc. announced today that Cree's new GaN HEMT WiMAX devices now provide critical size and energy benefits to Array Wireless' new Powerlinear power amplifiers. Cree's GaN HEMTs help deliver a solution that is 25-percent smaller and at least twice as energy efficient as competing systems. Smaller, lighter and more efficient power amplifiers are now used more successfully in certain applications, such as airborne high-definition broadcasting, as a direct result. In fact, Array's Powerlinear amplifiers are used in blimps and in aircraft that provide television broadcast feeds of Sunday Night Football on NBC.

"The Powerlinear amplifiers are designed to be ultra-linear and ultra-power efficient," reports Ed Takacs, Array Wireless president. "With the new Cree GaN HEMT devices, our amplifiers use half the power of competing systems and are significantly smaller in size, both of which are critical benefits for wireless applications where space and weight are at a premium."

The Powerlinear series is designed to work with the rigorous requirements of digital modulation formats, such as Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (COFDM). Powerlinear power amplifiers operate in a variety of bands from UHF to C and are optimized for the Nextel BAS (Broadcast Auxiliary Service) frequency relocation programs that are underway.

"Cree's new GaN HEMT devices reduce power consumption in a variety of wireless applications. They can also significantly reduce the size and complexity of amplifiers, providing greater benefits in targeted power amplifier applications," adds Jim Milligan, Cree product manager for wireless products.

Other targeted communications applications for the new ultra-efficient, ultra-linear Powerlinear power amplifiers include unmanned aerial vehicles, law enforcement, unmanned ground vehicles, WiMAX base stations and secure mobile military communications.

Additional information about Array Wireless may be obtained by calling Array Wireless sales at 760-492-8252.

Additional information about Cree's GaN HEMT WiMAX products may be obtained by calling Cree at 919-287-7505 or visiting www.cree.com/wireless.

About WiMAX
WiMAX is a standards-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput connections over long distances. It can be used for multiple applications, including last-mile broadband access, hotspots, cellular backhaul, high-speed enterprise connectivity, and non-line-of-sight mobile connectivity.

About Array Wireless, Inc.
Array Wireless is an electronics OEM, specializing in the ultra-linear, ultra-efficient power amplifiers required by today's rigorous digital communications networks. Array sells into the mobile wireless communication, wireless surveillance, military wireless, and base station wireless communication industries.

About Cree, Inc.
Cree is a market-leading innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors and devices that enhance the value of solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance and efficiency. Key to Cree's market advantage is its world-class materials expertise in silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) for chips and packaged devices that can handle more power in a smaller space while producing less heat than other available technologies, materials and products.

Cree drives its increased performance technology into multiple applications, including exciting alternatives in brighter and more-tunable light for general illumination, backlighting for more-vivid displays, optimized power management for high-current, switch-mode power supplies and variable-speed motors, and more-effective wireless infrastructure for data and voice communications. Cree customers range from innovative lighting-fixture makers to defense-related federal agencies.

Cree's product families include blue and green LED chips, lighting LEDs, LED backlighting solutions, power-switching devices and radio-frequency/wireless devices. For additional product specifications please refer to www.cree.com.

Media Contact:
Deb Lovig
Marketing Communications
Cree, Inc.
Deb_Lovig@cree.com
919-287-7505

Sales Contact:
Tom Dekker
Wireless Sales
Cree, Inc.
Tom_Dekker@cree.com
919-313-5639

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