Prototyping Service utilizes fiber align equipment.

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Process Development and Prototyping Service provides design, program management, parts sourcing, process development, assembly, test, and product implementation for products such as optoelectronic packages, MEMS devices, hybrids, highbright LEDs, and fiber optic packages. FAST(TM) Optical Align and Attach products enable automation of active optical alignment and assembly of photonic components requiring laser weld and epoxy attachment.



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Palomar Technologies Adds Fiber Align Equipment and Capabilities to its Process Development and Prototyping Services



VISTA, Calif - March 9, 2004 - Palomar Technologies, a leading manufacturer of automated, high-precision assembly systems, announces the addition of complete fiber align and test capabilities and its FAST(TM) series of fiber align equipment to Palomar's Process Development and Prototyping Services (PDPS). This addition provides OEMs and contract manufacturers with a full line of services to take their ideas for complex optoelectronic components and packages from concept to the point where they're ready to transition to volume manufacturing.

PDPS provides design, program management, parts sourcing, process development, assembly, test, and product implementation for products such as optoelectronic packages, MEMS devices, multichip modules, hybrids, highbright LEDs, and fiber optic packages for medical, biotech, aerospace, defense, automotive, telecommunications, and data communications applications. Palomar develops the processes, selects the materials, develops assembly processes, proves out the assembly, manufactures the prototypes, tests for performance, and can handle low-volume manufacture. Palomar then transfers the process and manufacturing knowledge to the customer or the customer's selected high volume manufacturer.

Palomar Technologies designs, manufactures, and supports complete assembly line solutions. This equipment and Palomar's process development expertise, has been the core for PDPS. Products include automatic wire bonders for gold wire bonding, precision ball bonding, and deep access large area wedge bonding for high capacity, fine pitch interconnect wire bonding. Automatic component placement cells provide accurate component placement and automatic die attach for precise automated assembly of high performance optoelectronic components. The LDA Laser Diode Attach Assembly Cell eliminates manual processes by precisely placing and attaching laser diodes to their packaging using a patented heat process that controls the reflow temperature for high yield with a placement accuracy of +5 microns. Flip chip applications are accomplished with Palomar's Gold Bumper and Thermosonic Compression Bonder.

The addition of Palomar's FAST(TM) Optical Align & Attach products enables Palomar to automate the active optical alignment and assembly of photonic components requiring laser weld and epoxy attachment. For example, the FAST 6 6-axis optical alignment system provides high resolution, fast, accurate, and reliable assembly of an optical component, fiber, or fiber array to a device.

"As a manufacturer of capital equipment that automates the assembly of complex components, packages, and subsystems, we can help support the development of these new complex products based on our equipment set," said Kevin Kron, Palomar's Photonics Automation Division product manager. "We are responsive and flexible enough to quickly adapt and tailor our equipment to these new applications. We provide the OEM with a product that is verified and produced on automated equipment, offering validation of the viability of the product."

"Palomar has the expertise, equipment, processes, and facilities already in place, so the investment for a company to collaborate with Palomar to take a product from design to the point when its ready for volume production is much less in cost, resources, time, and risk than doing it themselves," said Palomar's vice president of marketing Bruce Hueners. "We offer a very scaleable, cost effective service that can get a product into volume production more quickly than anyone else."

About Palomar Technologies
Palomar Technologies, established in 1975 as part of Hughes Aircraft Company, has been an independent company since 1995. It is a leading supplier of automated high-precision assembly systems that increase yield and lower costs for manufacturers of optoelectronic, RF, and microelectronic packages in the photonic, wireless, microwave, automotive, aerospace, medical, and life sciences industries. Processes include high accuracy component assembly with eutectic solder, epoxy, or laser attach, precision ball and wedge bonding, and active optical align and attach. Palomar's Process Development and Prototyping Services assists companies in developing or validating new products by providing design, engineering, prototyping, assembly, and automation expertise, as well as metrology resources to bridge the gap between product concept and automated production. For more information, visit www.palomartechnologies.com or contact 760-931-3600.

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