Cree LEDs get U.S. Defense Department accreditation

Cree has achieved a major breakthrough with its accreditation as a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A Trusted Foundry for its 100mm RF GaN facility in Durham, NC.

Granted through the Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) and the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA), this is the highest title awarded by the DoD.

This achievement positions Cree as a trusted supplier of GaN technology that support national defense applications.


This accreditation authenticates that policies and procedures will ensure the trustworthiness, integrity and confidentiality included in the manufacturing process like chain of custody, supply continuity and anti-tampering are safe.

In addition, the accreditation puts Cree into a select group of trusted manufacturers in the U.S. that are certified to produce both unclassified and classified hardware for DoD programs critical to national defense, said, Jim Milligan, director, RF and microwave products, Cree.

This designation ensures that products manufactured at Cree meet the highest standards of secure handling and production control throughout the entire manufacturing process, added Milligan.

Since 2010, Cree has shipped more than five million devices, making it one of the largest U.S. suppliers of advanced GaN technology for both the DoD and commercial markets.

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