Business News | Nov 08, 2007

Cree Adds XLamp LED Operations to ISO/TS Certification

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a leader in LED solid-state lighting components, today announced completion of a successful advancement assessment audit for the company’s ISO/TS16949 certification. This year’s audit includes the XLamp® LED production facility in Durham, as well as the company’s LED chip, power and materials manufacturing operations. The ISO/TS certification demonstrates Cree’s commitment to high-quality product manufacturing.

TS16949 encompasses all requirements of ISO9001:2000 and additional requirements from the automotive industry. Upon the obsolescence of the QS9000 quality standard, Cree chose to fortify its quality certification process and seek compliance with the newer, more stringent ISO/TS16949 requirements.

“Compliance to TS signifies that Cree’s quality management system is capable of meeting one of the highest quality standards worldwide,” said Norbert Hiller, Cree vice president, Lighting. “By successfully implementing an ISO/TS16949-compliant quality management system, Cree has proven that it is not only an LED performance leader, but also a world-class leader in product and process quality.”

For additional information on Cree and its products, please call (919) 313-5300 or visit www.cree.com/xlamp .

About ISO/TS 16949:
In 1994, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) was selected by the Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force to oversee the publication and distribution of the QS-9000 and related quality manuals and to administer the delivery of QS-9000 sanctioned training. Since that time, AIAG’s quality offerings have expanded to include ISO/TS 16949 and related manuals, as well as more than 30 training offerings related to quality. AIAG is a globally recognized organization founded in 1982 by a group of visionary managers from Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. AIAG’s focus is to continuously improve business processes and practices involving trading partners throughout the supply chain. For additional information visit www.aiag.org .

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, LEDs for backlighting, power-switching devices and radio-frequency/wireless devices. For additional product specifications please refer to www.cree.com .

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