New Palomar Asia Facility for Demonstrations, Support & Training

Posted by Rich Hueners on Tue, Aug 06, 2013

Carlsbad, CA – August 6, 2013 –Palomar Technologies, the world-leading provider of precision microelectronics and optoelectronic packaging systems, today announced the opening of its new demonstration and applications development office, located in Singapore, effective immediately.

Palomar Technologies opening Ribbon Cutting Palomar Technologies Asia Singapore office reveals company logo

Palomar Technologies (SE Asia) Pte Ltd., (“Palomar Asia”) has been headquartered in Singapore since its establishment in August 2000—five years after Palomar Technologies, Inc., evolved as a former subsidiary of the Hughes Aircraft’s Industrial Product Division. Since the initial opening of Palomar Asia, the office has generated substantial business growth year-after-year and quickly became recognized for its superior support of Asia-Pacific customers requiring automated wire bond and die attach equipment.

The new Palomar Asia facility builds upon the established base of customer support, evolving into a “one-stop shop”  to offer full-capacity support. For example, the new facility supports more high-accuracy wire bond and die attach demonstrations on automated bonders, as well as contract manufacturing for complex hybrid applications through Palomar Technologies Assembly ServicesTM.

Process Development Services data sheet

 

The automated microelectronics manufacturing requirements for the APAC region spans markets from aerospace/defense, optoelectronic, LED, RF/Wireless and medical for high-accuracy die attach and high-reliability wire bonding. Even amidst recent world-wide economic strain, the APAC region has rapidly grown for Palomar Asia—for both personnel and customer installed base. Palomar Technologies’ most popular large work area die attach platform—the ultra-flexible 3800 Die Bonder— and the “workhorse” Au wire/ball bump, deep access platform—the 8000 Wire Bonder—have continually exceeded customer expectations for quality, accuracy and process expertise support.

At SEMICON West 2013 in San Francisco, CA, Palomar Technologies launched the new 8000i Wire Bonder with Intelligent Interactive Graphical InterfaceTM (i2GiTM). Cleverly pronounced “iggy”, i2Gi is an unparalleled feature implemented on the new 8000i Wire Bonder and is available as a Bonder Performance Upgrade (BPU) for existing 8000 Wire Bondersi2Gi offers the required management tools for modern wire bonding, from part design and development, to process validation, and finally to intuitive operations control to support automated complex microelectronics packaging and production. i2Gi enables wire bond programmers and operating technicians to work smarter, faster and with more control. Bonder program developers and operators experience real-time bonding and part quality validation. 

Click here to read the launch press release for the 8000i Wire Bonder with i2Gi.

To meet the needs of its expanding installed base, Palomar Asia has tripled its workforce, mostly in the ranks of direct field service engineers. “Having direct field service engineers in every region with Palomar Technologies equipment has been key to our success,” affirms PH Chan, Palomar Asia Managing Director. “By offering expert hardware, process and application support directly to our customers, we are able to quickly resolve the most complex microelectronic assembly challenges at our customer’s sites.”

Since his arrival at Palomar Asia in 2010, Mr. Chan has developed and expanded a local APAC Spare Parts Depot, increased the number of APAC sales representatives and accelerated the regional marketing presence in Asia’s largest industry tradeshows.

August 2013 marks the beginning of a new era for Palomar Asia. The new Palomar Asia facility offers a new clean room and demonstration laboratory, outfitted with wire bonding and die attach capabilities, as well as measurement and test equipment.

The 8000i Wire Bonder was showcased at the Palomar Asia office grand opening event, held on Friday, August 2. The event hosted customers, suppliers and friends of Palomar Asia and included opening ceremonies such as traditional Chinese lion dance and pineapple roll for good luck.

Palomar Technologies Singapore microelectronics manufacturing center new Palomar Technologies Asia Singapore office opens with traditional Chinese prosperity ceremonies

Contact Palomar Asia for tours, demonstrations and training courses.
Palomar Technologies (S.E. Asia) Pte Ltd
8 Boon Lay Way #08-09
Tradehub 21
Singapore 609964
Tel: (+65) 6686-3096
Contact online: http://www.palomartechnologies.com/contact-palomar-technologies-asia

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Palomar Asia Contact
Mr. PH Chan
Managing Director
phchan@bonders.com
(+65) 6686-3096

Palomar Technologies Media Contact
Mrs. Jessica Sylvester
Marketing Communications Manager
jsylvester@bonders.com
+1 (760) 931-3681

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High-Accuracy Processes for RF, Optoelectronics & Automotive Microelectronics Assembly

Posted by Rich Hueners on Thu, Sep 06, 2012

Carlsbad, CA – September 6, 2012 – Palomar Technologies, the world-leading provider of precision microelectronics and optoelectronic packaging systems, today announced that lead engineers will be presenting three highly technical talks at the IMAPS 2012 conference, held September 11-13 at the San Diego Town & Country Convention Center. Palomar Technologies will exhibit in booth #322.

1. High-Reliability Component Attachment Process for <5μm Placement Accuracy
Speaker: Donald J. Beck

2. Mixed Attachment Technology Studies in RF & Optoelectronic Packages Requiring High-Accuracy Placement

Speaker: Daniel D. Evans, Jr.

3. Gold Ball Wire Bonding with Heated Tool for Automotive Microelectronics
Speaker: David J Rasmussen

The complete IMAPS session agenda is available online at http://www.imaps.org/programs/IMAPS2012.pdf.

Palomar Technologies has also collaborated with IMAPS to host an on-demand webcast on "High-Reliability Component Attachment Process for <5um Placement Accuracy". Palomar Technologies Assembly Services general manager originally presented the webcast live in mid-June. The complimentary webcast recording is available at http://www.imaps.org/webcasts/2012may_palomar.htm

Palomar Technologies is accepting meeting requests throughout the duration of IMAPS 2012. Requests may be submitted online at http://www.palomartechnologies.com/contact-us.

About Palomar Technologies
Palomar Technologies, a former subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft, is the global leader of automated high-accuracy, large work area die attach and wire bond equipment and precision contract assembly services. Customers utilize the products, services and solutions from Palomar Technologies to meet their needs for optoelectronic packaging, complex hybrid assembly and micron-level component attachment. For more information, visit www.palomartechnologies.com.

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Live Wire Bonding & Die Attach Demonstrations in Booth #6157 at SEMICON West 2012

Posted by Rich Hueners on Tue, Jul 03, 2012

Carlsbad, CA – July 3, 2012 – Palomar Technologies, the world-leading provider of precision microelectronics and optoelectronic packaging systems, today announced the company will be exhibiting live demonstrations on the 3800 Die Bonder and 8000 Wire Bonder at SEMICON West 2012, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA, in booth #6157.

die attach demonstrationThe 3800 Die Bonder demonstration will reveal a fully automated component attach program highlighting the flexibility and high precision of the sub-5μm placement accuracy (application dependent) die attach system. The 3800 Die Bonder has a large 35.5" x 20" large work area to accommodate various presentation tools, a steady state and a pulsed heat system for eutectic bonding, multiple dispense technologies, die ejectors and Cognex Vision System on a single platform. The sturdy mechanical structure, process camera, quiet linear motors, 0.1μm linear XY encoders and direct measure 0.00023 degree rotary encoder are some of the sophisticated features available on this ultra-flexible die attach system.

8000 wire bonder head tool turretThe 8000 Wire Bonder will feature a fully automated wire bond, stitch-bond, chain bond and ball bump demonstration program, showcasing the bonder’s diverse application packaging capabilities. A ball bumper and stud bumper configuration of the 8000 Wire Bonder is a unique feature of this system—the wire bonder is the only available system that can produce co-planarized gold bumps in one step. The 8000 Wire Bonder is capable of deep access wire bonding up to 13.5mm. This fully automatic, thermosonic, high-speed ball-and-stitch gold bumper improves production yields and eliminates sources of variation in microelectronics packaging processes.

Palomar Technologies Assembly ServicesTM ("Assembly Services") is the contract assembly, process development, test and prototyping division of Palomar Technologies, ensuring strict IP protection, in-house highly skilled engineering staff and technicians, and a product suite of high-reliability, ultra high-accuracy advanced packaging systems. Assembly Services’ example capabilities—including flip chip, wafer level packaging, pick-and-place, deep access wire bonding and complex packaging processes—will be headlined throughout the Palomar Technologies exhibit space.

Palomar Technologies is accepting meeting requests throughout the duration of SEMICON West 2012. Requests may be submitted online at www.palomartechnologies.com/contact-us.

About Palomar Technologies
Palomar Technologies, a former subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft, is the global leader of automated high-accuracy, large work area die attach and wire bond equipment and precision contract assembly services. Customers utilize the products, services and solutions from Palomar Technologies to meet their needs for optoelectronic packaging, complex hybrid assembly and micron-level component attachment. For more information, visit www.palomartechnologies.com.

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National Hockey League Uncompressed HD Video Goal Capturing Enabled by Palomar Technologies and VubIQ

Posted by Rich Hueners on Tue, Apr 10, 2012

Carlsbad, CA – April 10, 2012 – Palomar Technologies, the world-leading provider of precision microelectronics and optoelectronic packaging systems, today announced its collaboration with VubIQ, Inc., to enable the new HD video capturing system for the National Hockey League (NHL) in-goal cameras.

After completing a rigorous series of prototype testing and field trials with Palomar Technologies Assembly ServicesTM (“Assembly Services”), VubIQ was given an order to equip all 30 NHL venues throughout the U.S. and Canada with GoalCam systems. Each system is comprised of two units: a GoalCam unit (HD camera and 60 GHz transmitter) and a 60 GHz receiver unit. Additionally, each unit is designed to incorporate future Wi-Fi upgrades, allowing for remote wireless adjustment of seven different functions: camera pan, camera tilt, RF antenna pan, RF antenna tilt, HD camera focus, HD camera iris, and HD camera zoom.

“Historically, the NHL had difficulties verifying whether or not a “close call” was an actual goal, and lacked a consistent or reliable vetting method. VubIQ received an order to provide systems to the NHL for highly reliable goal adjudication,” stated Adam Button, CEO of VubIQ. “With cameras far overhead positioned in various angles around the rink, the puck could not be video recorded at a close distance or in high resolution as it crossed (or did not cross) the goal line. Until now, goal judges positioned behind each goal during games typically made the call by switching on a red flashing light; but these judges did not have the luxury of instant replay or precise slow motion (forward or reverse) to assist with close calls. Now, however, with our GoalCams positioned inside the goal itself, and transmitting the uncompressed HD video wirelessly to the judging booth, it is as though the goal judges are literally right on top of the action—only with the additional benefit of slow-motion, back-and-forth replay in full HD.”

Since a cabled solution to this problem would not be feasible, an extremely high bandwidth wireless system was required. Marketing the GoalCam technology though its OEM distributor, VidOvation, Vubiq provides the NHL with an elegant wireless solution utilizing the unlicensed 60 GHz spectrum that addresses two key issues—achieving the highest possible video quality and eliminating transmission interference.

Assembly Services supported VubIQ through the development and optimization of precision die attach processes and the parameters for all wire interconnecting and encapsulation processes to assemble the components for the GoalCam transmitters (TX) and receivers (RX).  Assembly Services also managed the substrate attach process and final documentation of all final module packaging processes where the completed sub-assembly is mounted onto aligning hardware.


About Palomar Technologies

Palomar Technologies, a former subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft, is the global leader of automated high-accuracy, large work area die attach and wire bond equipment and precision contract assembly services. Customers utilize the products, services and solutions from Palomar Technologies to meet their needs for optoelectronic packaging, complex hybrid assembly and micron-level component attachment. For more information, visit www.palomartechnologies.com.

About VubIQ

VubIQ, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, is a millimeter wave technology company specializing in the development of components and final products utilizing 60 GHz silicon transmitters and receivers. While there is a strong worldwide effort to develop the silicon by major fabrication houses, no other company has achieved the capability of effectively packaging that silicon into efficient, low cost, and highly manufacturable products. VubIQ has five issued patents and six others in process. The technology underlying all of VubIQ’s current and future product offerings utilizes millimeter wave radio frequencies to transmit and receive signals and data at extremely high data rates, in a very small form factor, and at low cost.

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Palomar Technologies Develops Wire-Bond-Free Direct Attach for LEDs

Posted by Rich Hueners on Wed, Feb 01, 2012

Carlsbad, CA – February 1, 2012 – Palomar Technologies, the world-leading provider of precision microelectronics and optoelectronic packaging systems, today announced a precision eutectic process development for direct attach light emitting diodes (LEDs).

“Direct-attach LEDs are the next generation of solid-state LED emitters that deliver superior value for consumer products and markets that include TV backlighting, camera flash and a variety of general illumination needs,” explains Donald Beck, General Manager of Palomar Technologies Assembly ServicesTM. “Assembly Services is supporting more than 390 700µm LEDs that are attached with an Au/Sn solder to a single 50mm metal core carrier. Palomar Technologies’ Pulsed Heat System is a major contributor to this development, allowing our precision die attach systems to control LED exposure much more effectively than most other processes. The bondpad-down design of direct-attach LEDs eliminates the need for wire bonds, yet improves the thermal management.”

Palomar Technologies is exhibiting at the LED-focused show, Strategies in Light 2012, in booth #709 on February 7-9 in Santa Clara, CA. Julie Adams, Director of WW Assembly Services Sales will be on site to assist in discussions about Palomar Technologies’ current LED packaging capabilities, including direct-attach LED eutectic bonding.

Also on February 7-9, Palomar Technologies is exhibiting as a premier sponsor at IMAPS RF 2012 in booth #RF01, held in San Diego, CA. Bradley Benton, Western Americas Sales Manager, will be presenting an overview of Palomar Technologies’ solutions and advanced RF automated packaging processes on February 8 at 1:00pm, local conference time.

Contact Palomar Technologies to arrange an on-site meeting at either Strategies in Light 2012 or IMAPS RF 2012.

About Palomar Technologies
Palomar Technologies, a former subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft, is the global leader of automated high-accuracy, large work area die attach and wire bond equipment and precision contract assembly services. Customers utilize the products, services and solutions from Palomar Technologies to meet their needs for optoelectronic packaging, complex hybrid assembly and micron-level component attachment. For more information, visit www.palomartechnologies.com.

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Palomar Technologies To Exhibit at 2009 Strategies in Light Exhbition and Conference

Posted by Rich Hueners on Wed, Feb 11, 2009

Carlsbad, CA – February 11, 2009 – Palomar Technologies announced today it will return to exhibit at the 2009 Strategies in Light Exhibition and Conference to be held February 18 – 20, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Palomar Technologies will be exhibiting in booth #606 at the Strategies in Light Exhibition and Conference where microelectronics experts will explain how Palomar’s wire bonding and die attach equipment perform the necessary assembly processes to achieve high brightness while achieving thermal dissipation and maximum light extraction.

Palomar Technologies is a leading provider of automated precision microelectronic assembly equipment and contract assembly services that serves industry leaders in telecommunications, medical, defense and aerospace and commercial high-technology. Added applications at Palomar Technologies in 2009 include wafe scale packaging, chip-on-flex, advanced Gold ball and stitch bonding, Gold stud bumping for GGI (Gold Gold Interconnect) as well as epoxy and eutectic solder and thermo-compression bonding processes.

Palomar Microelectronics is the development, test, and contract assembly division of Palomar Technologies. Their microelectronic assembly services include advanced wire bonding, gold stud bumping, wafer scale packaging and device bonding for GGI processes, precision component placement for high-power LEDs, optoelectronics, MEMS, microwave/RF, multichip modules (MCMs), and hybrid microcircuits. Palomar optimizes precision placement and high-thermal conductivity interconnects of high-power LED packaging through the use of field-proven automated component placement systems and pulse heat eutectic die attach equipment. Palomar’s high-density wire-bonded connections are accurately placed in tight areas,have consistent loop structure, and connections strong enough to withstand mechanical shock and stresses due to large thermal variations.

Strategies in Light is a business conference and exhibition focused on high-brightness LEDs produced by Strategies Unlimited and PennWell Corporation. It is the longest-running and the largest conference in the HB LED industry, and the premier annual forum for presenting current commercial developments in high-brightness LED applications and providing unparalleled networking opportunities for component and equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users of HB LED devices.

About Palomar Technologies
Palomar Technologies (formerly part of Hughes Aircraft Company) is the world’s foremost supplier of automated high-precision wire bonders, die bonders and component placement systems combined with process development and contract assembly services to increase yield and lower costs for microelectronic device manufacturers.

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