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SUNNYVALE, CALIF., July 29, 2010 – Bridgelux Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions today announced the addition of Karl Chicca as the company’s chief operating officer. To his role as COO, Mr. Chicca brings extensive experience in building and scaling multinational Manufacturing and Supply Chain operations in the semiconductor and storage industries. Mr. Chicca will be responsible for Bridgelux’s global Manufacturing, Materials, Supply Chain, Logistics, Product and Process Engineering, and Supplier and Customer Quality operations.

“Karl brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Bridgelux at a time of significant growth,” said Bill Watkins, Bridgelux CEO. As we continue to scale our operations to meet the growing demands of the rapidly transforming lighting industry, Karl’s successful track record of building and leading world-class operations and teams will be instrumental to our success.”

Mr. Chicca comes to Bridgelux with more than 25 years of extensive experience and a successful track record in global Operations. As a former senior vice president of Global Materials for Seagate Technology, the world’s leading manufacturer of hard disk drives and storage solutions, he was responsible for building Seagate’s strategic supplier partnership program and leading the company’s world-class supply chain efforts. As Seagate’s senior vice president and general manager for the Personal Computing Business Unit, he was responsible for 75% of the company’s unit shipments. Prior to joining Seagate, Mr. Chicca served as senior vice president of Operations at 3dfx Interactive where he helped to grow the company from initial corporate revenue shipments to revenues exceeding $125 Million per quarter. He also served as vice president of global Materials at Maxtor Corporation.

About Bridgelux
Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of technologies and solutions helping to transform the $40 billion global lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Livermore, California, Bridgelux is a pioneer in solid-state lighting (SSL), expanding the market for light-emitting diode (LED) technologies by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems. Bridgelux’s patented light source technology replaces traditional technologies (such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high intensity discharge lighting) with integrated, solid-state lighting solutions that enable lamp and luminaire manufacturers to provide high performance and energy-efficient white light for the rapidly growing interior and exterior lighting markets, including street lights, commercial lighting and consumer applications. With more than 275 patent applications filed or granted worldwide, Bridgelux is the only vertically integrated LED manufacturer and developer of solid-state light sources that designs its solutions specifically for the lighting industry. For more information about the company, please visit