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Palomar Technologies Selected by Hologic's Direct Radiography Division to Automate Assembly of Microelectronics Used in Medical Digital Imaging.

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VISTA, Calif--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 2003

Equipment Automates Complex Assembly Processes for X-Ray Detection

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Palomar Technologies, a leading manufacturer of automated, high-precision assembly systems, today announced that Hologic Corp.'s (NASDAQ: HOLX) Direct Radiography Division has selected Palomar's 3500-II automatic component assembly machine to automate production of hybrid microelectronics used in its DirectRay radiographic imaging technology.

Direct Radiography uses Palomar's 3500-II to automate assembly in two areas: 1) fabricating microelectronic hybrid assemblies for digital medical imaging applications; and 2) populating hybrid microelectronics sub-assemblies onto TFT flat panels for use in X-ray detectors for general radiography and mammography. Both are components of Hologic's DirectRay technology, which uses a direct conversion process to convert X-ray energy into a digital signal that produces a high quality image with no intermediate steps.

"We selected Palomar because of its reputation and high level of experience," said Jason Russell, senior manufacturing engineer for Direct Radiography. "We are replacing two older machines with one Palomar 3500-II. This gives us more floor space while providing the accuracy we need for higher throughput and better yield."

The Model 3500-II is designed for fully automatic, high speed, precision microelectronics assembly. The flexible, computer-controlled workcell performs adhesive dispense, component placement and flip chip operations over a spacious 700-in.2 work area. An advanced Cognex gray-scale pattern recognition system locates randomly oriented device features under a wide variety of background conditions and lighting.

About Hologic

Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX) is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of medical imaging systems dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of women, and a leading developer of state-of-the-art digital imaging technology for general radiography and mammography applications. Hologic's core business units are focused on osteoporosis assessment, mammography and breast biopsy, direct-to-digital X-ray for general radiography applications and mini C-arm imaging for orthopedic applications.

About Palomar Technologies

Palomar Technologies 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. Established in 1975 as part of Hughes Aircraft Company, Palomar has been an independent company since 1995.

Palomar products include high accuracy component assembly with eutectic solder or epoxy, precision ball bonding, and wedge bonding for fine pitch devices. 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. Visit our Web site at www.palomartechnologies.com.

For more information, contact the Palomar office in your area:

Palomar Technologies Inc.

Tricia McGough

2230 Oak Ridge Way

Vista, CA 92083

Phone: 760/931-3440

Fax: 760/931-3444

tmcgough@bonders.com

Palomar Technologies Pte Ltd

Wai Seng Chew

192 Pandan Loop #07-08/09

Singapore 128381

Phone: (65) 6779 2766

Fax: (65) 6779 7939

wschew@bonders.com

Palomar Technologies GmbH

Josef Schmidl

Am Weichselgarten 30 b

91058 Erlangen, Germany

Phone: 49-9131-48009-30

Fax: 49-9131-48009-55

jschmidl@bonders.com

A R Marketing Inc.

Andrea Roberts

PO Box 501528

San Diego, CA 92150

Phone: 858/451-8666

Fax: 858/451-8777

aroberts@san.rr.com
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