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Cree launches first water-resistant, high-contrast SMD LED

Posted: 04 May 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LEDs? high-contrast high-brightness LEDs? water- resistant SMD LED? black-body RGB surface-mount LED?

Cree Inc. has added three new LEDs to its growing family of water-resistant and high-contrast high-brightness LEDs for indoor and outdoor video screens. According to the company, the new LEDs deliver superior contrast to maximize the benefits of typical, black surface-mount LEDs used for high-definition, high-resolution LED screens and displays.

"Two years ago, Cree introduced the first water-resistant surface mount LED. With the CLX6A, Cree demonstrates its leadership again by introducing the industry's first water- resistant SMD LED in an easy-to-assemble, tall package," said Mike Watson, Cree, senior director of marketing, LED components, in a statement.

The Screen Master CLX6A-FKB PLCC6-type LED is optimized for outdoor use with both IPX6 and IPX8 ratings, eliminating the need for a protective cover.

It is the industry's first water-resistant, tall LED package, designed with dimensions that provide superior thermal performance, making it easier for customers to assemble, according to Cree.

The new Screen Master CLVBA-FKA is Cree's first black-body RGB surface-mount LED, optimized to provide the highest contrast ratio for indoor video screens. Cree said that the CLVBA has matched red-green-blue far-field patterns, delivering a consistent viewing experience across a wide range of viewing positions and unrivaled color vibrancy.

At their latest reporting on financials Cree announced revenue of $219.2 million for its third quarter of fiscal 2011, ending March 27, 2011. According to the company, this represents a 6 percent decrease compared to revenue of $234.1 million reported for the third fiscal quarter last year and a 15 percent decrease compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

"Q3 results were in line with our revised lower targets for the quarter," stated Chuck Swoboda, Cree chairman and CEO, at the reporting time. "The results reflect both our continued success in LED lighting and the challenges of managing the LED chip and components business through a business cycle with short lead times and low order visibility."

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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