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Cree and LED lighting are starting a revolution
December 17th, 2009
What were you doing in 1989? Maybe you were rocking out to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” the Grammy-award winning hit of the year. Perhaps you were killing time playing Tetris on the newly-released Nintendo Game Boy.
At Cree, our founders were busy commercializing the blue LED in 1989. Cree was the first company to truly commercialize the then state-of-the-art technology, explains co-founder John Edmond.
I recently brought my video camera and tripod over to John’s office to talk about what things were like at Cree 20 years ago and why the commercialization of the blue LED was so significant in 1989. (Here’s a hint: You couldn’t make white LED light without blue LEDs).
Twenty-two years after helping found the company, John still works on improving LED technology. He’s Cree’s director of advanced optoelectronics. But don’t let the title scare you away, John does an excellent job of describing the blue LED advancement in easy-to-understand terms.
The video includes a peek at an actual blue LED from the time period compared to one today. It’s truly amazing how much has changed in 20 years.
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