Cree's $100 million power and radio-f...

Cree's $100 million power and radio-frequency business is small but growing

There are 1 comment on the News Observer story from Aug 16, 2014, titled Cree's $100 million power and radio-frequency business is small but growing. In it, News Observer reports that:

"This is kind of the stuff that is behind the curtain," said John Palmour, a company co-founder and chief technology officer for Cree's relatively obscure power and radio-frequency, or RF, business unit.

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La Quinta, CA

#1 Aug 16, 2014
"Cree’s power components were silicon carbide-based interlopers in a market dominated by silicon-based products. Cree’s products were smaller, faster and more efficient – and more expensive. So for years the company focused on niche markets and honed a sales pitch focused on how the efficiency of their devices could save money in the long run."

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The enhanced frequency and power handling capability will win out for future dense power switching applications. Some day one of the major air conditioning manufacturers will realize a cheap rugged Variable Frequency Drive connected to the A/C compressor can be used to ramp the compressor and change the amount of energy required to run the A/C. The manufacturers can use the less expensive single speed compressor and get as good or better performance than the high efficiency two speed compressors used now.

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