Cree launches XLamp LED product line

July 27, 2004
Cree has announced that its 7090 series XLamp product is now available in production quantities. This is the first high-powered packaged LED product that Cree has released as part of the lighting product strategy the company announced last fall.
The XLamp is 1-watt LED that is designed to provide an alternative solution to the incandescent bulb and other conventional light sources in architectural lighting and general illumination applications.

The 7090 series XLamp product utilizes a high-power surface mount package which is designed to operate at 1 watt with a typical operating current of 350 mA and a footprint of 7 x 9 mm. The 7090 series is available in blue, green, and white versions based on Cree?s XB-900 chips as the light engine. The 7090 product is also available in a red version, using chips obtained from external suppliers.

Chuck Swoboda, Cree's President and CEO said, "Availability of our XLamp packaged LED product is an important first step in our strategy to be a leader in the market for LED lighting and should create greater visibility for the performance capabilities of our LED chip and materials technology."

Swoboda added that the XLamp product is designed to provide longer life, lower maintenance cost and energy consumption, as well as smaller space requirements compared to an incandescent bulb and other conventional lighting technologies.

Norbert Hiller, Vice President of Cree Lighting said, "We have been sampling selected customers over the past two quarters for potential use in applications such as channel letters, appliance lighting, track lighting and reading lamps. Feedback on the design and performance has been very positive.

"We can now focus on ramping our production capability to service our customers while continuing to expand our product line to address the needs of a number of emerging applications including automotive headlamps and backlighting for large format LCD screens."