Cree XLamp® LEDs Power New Grote Vehicle Interior Lights


DURHAM, NC, AUGUST 22, 2006 - Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a leader in LED solid-state lighting components, today announced that Grote Industries, a leading designer and manufacturer of vehicle safety systems, is building its new line of interior dome lights with white Cree XLamp® power LEDs.

Grote's new product line uses less power, lights instantly in cold temperatures, generates less heat and lasts up to five times longer than other types of interior vehicle lighting, based on testing conducted by Grote. It is especially beneficial for refrigerated and insulated trailer haulers.

"With XLamp LEDs, our new dome lights are twice as bright as competing products and produce a softer, more appealing white light. In addition, XLamp LEDs operate at a lower forward voltage, which is a major competitive advantage for our lights," said Mike Grote, Grote business development manager. "We engineered these new lights to cast broad light distribution similar to the traditional fluorescent lamps, making them the best interior dome lights in the market."

"The transportation industry has been an early adopter of LED-based lighting systems, and Grote is leading the innovation. The new interior dome light outperforms earlier LED solutions through a combination of higher light output from Cree XLamp power LEDs and optimized fixture design by Grote's engineering team," said Mark McClear, Cree director of marketing for XLamp LEDs.

For additional information on Cree XLamp power LEDs, contact the company at 919-313-5300 or www.cree.com/xlamp. For additional information on Grote's new LED dome lights, contact Grote at www.grote.com.

About Grote Industries
Grote Industries is one of the world's leading designers and manufacturers of vehicle safety systems and is QS-9000, ISO-14001 and TS-16949 certified. For more than 100 years, Grote has provided state-of-the-art safety solutions for OEM and Aftermarket customers worldwide. Products include LED and incandescent lamps, mirrors, obstacle detection systems and reflective accessories. Grote is headquartered in Madison, IN.

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.

Contact: Deb Lovig
Marketing Communications
Email: Deb_Lovig@cree.com
Ph: (919) 287-7505
Fax: (919) 313-5943

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