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Cree XLamp® XR-E LEDs Selected for Vortex Rechargeable Flashlights

Cree, Inc. Press Release - 1/31/2007

Leading high-brightness LED manufacturer to supply inovative flashlight firm with new XR-E LEDs

Cree-Powered Vortex Vision Flashlight

Cree-Powered Vortex Vision Flashlight

DURHAM, N.C. - Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a leader in LED solid-state lighting components, today announced that Vortex Vision Corporation, a pioneer of the rechargeable-battery flashlight market, has chosen Cree’s new XLamp XR-E power LEDs for five of its LED flashlight models.

Cree XLamp XR-E LEDs lead the industry in brightness and efficiency, critical features in battery-powered, portable lighting applications such as hand-held flashlights. XR-E LEDs also produce the high-quality, uniform white light required by flashlight manufacturers. The new white Cree XR-E LEDs produce typical luminous flux of 80 lumens at 350 mA, yielding 70 lumens per watt, and establish a new class of LED performance.

We chose the Cree XLamp XR-E LED because it allows us to make very bright flashlights featuring long run times,” said Arne Ogaard, Vortex managing director. “The combination of the XLamp XR-E LED and the advanced Vortex technology ensures that our customers will have the most powerful Vortex Premium Aluminum Flashlights and TacLites available.”

It has the brightness of a 3-watt LED with the battery drainage of a 1-watt LED. That translates to approximately 12 hours of run time on the low setting and six hours of run time on the brightest setting. The lantern also has an emergency strobe feature, which will run up to 75 hours on a fresh set of four AA batteries.

For additional information on Cree XLamp power LEDs, please call (919) 313-5300 or visit

For additional information about Vortex LED flashlights, please call +1 951 695 5545 or visit

About Vortex Vision Corporation

Vortex Vision Corporation’s ongoing innovative research and development is geared to meet the demands and high expectations of its worldwide customers in the military, law enforcement and professional flashlight markets. For more information about Vortex flashlights, visit

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

Cree and XLamp are registered trademarks of Cree, Inc.

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