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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Sep. 25, 2016
Oct. 14, 2016
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name CREE INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000895419  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --06-25  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 25, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   99,704,078
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes