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Cree RF GaN Transistors and Array Wireless’ Linear Power Amplifiers Enable Crystal-Clear, High-Definition Sunday Night Football While Reducing Broadcast Costs

Oct 18, 2012
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DURHAM, NC -- Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) and Array Wireless help bring the clarity of high-definition (HD) video transmission to Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC. The HD NFL games are broadcast using wireless video systems from Array Wireless that employ Cree’s advanced GaN RF components. Array Wireless counts on Cree world-class RF GaN technology to create high efficiency, low distortion, robust power amplifiers that are essential for high-definition video transmission. Cree GaN RF technology is deployed in Array Wireless’ S-Band linear power amplifier product series, enabling smaller, lighter and more efficient power amplifiers than those based on gallium arsenide (GaAs). Winged Vision, a leader in aerial sports broadcasting, uses high linearity amplifiers from Array Wireless to transmit SNF video transmissions and maintain unparalleled fidelity from pre-game to post-game. According to Bob Mikkelson, president, at Winged Vision, the light weight Coded Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (COFDM) amplifiers from Array Wireless are a key component in developing compact HD broadcast systems, with “performance and efficiency that are head and shoulders above the rest.” “Cree’s GaN RF devices are ideal for meeting the stringent linearity requirements for wide bandwidth HD digital transmission at high efficiency operation,” said Ed Takacs, president and founder, Array Wireless. “The lighter weight systems they enable are extremely beneficial in lowering fuel consumption and operating costs for our customers. We migrated from GaAs devices to Cree® GaN devices several years ago to offer increased transmission range while reducing our power amplifier size, weight and power consumption.” Array Wireless’ TruPower Series Linear RF Amplifiers bring a new level of performance and reliability to microwave transmission of digitally modulated signals from UHF to 10 GHz. TruPower amplifiers use patent-pending linearization technology to minimize distortion and provide superior signal quality for complex multi-carrier modulations like OFDM while minimizing DC power consumption, heat and weight. Cree RF GaN HEMT and MMIC devices are available for linear and pulsed amplifier applications in frequency bands from DC to Ku-Band at 18 GHz. The devices are available in a variety of output power ratings from 1 W to 400 W. About Cree Cree is a market-leading innovator of semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications, lighting-class LEDs and LED lighting solutions. Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices. Cree products are driving improvements in applications such as general illumination, electronic signs and signals, power supplies and solar inverters. For additional product and company information, please refer to About Array Wireless, Inc. Array Wireless is an Electronics OEM, specializing in ultra linear, ultra efficient microwave power amplifiers required by today's rigorous digital communications networks.  Array sells a full range of RF amplifier and front end products into the mobile wireless communication, wireless surveillance, military wireless, and base station wireless communication industries. Array has provided both standard and custom product designs to commercial and military customers since 2003. For additional product and company information, please refer to This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of factors, including the risk that actual savings will vary from expectations; customer acceptance of products;the rapid development of new technology and competing products that may impair demand or render Cree’s products obsolete; and other factors discussed in Cree’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 24, 2012, and subsequent filings. All other trademarks, product and/or company names are the property of their respective owners.
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