Palomar Technologies Introduces the Latest in Die Bonding Technology

The new high precision bidirectional turret wheel ensures planarity of all pick tools without the need for individual leveling. This allows rapid tool changes without impacting process set up.    

Its large 36 x 20 inch work envelope is ideal for a versatile automated die bonder capable of handling many different part types, presentation options, and application processes.    

Among the innovations on this cutting-edge machine is the ability to hit Palomar’s best accuracy and repeatability specs over a wider range of applications and conditions. The 3880 Die Bonder is built upon a rich set of Palomar’s pick and place features, options, and capabilities. Plus, a complete redesign of the bond head incorporates a voice coil actuator; allowing for 5-1000 gram bond forces, improved linearity, and the bidirectional tool indexing comes standard.

In addition, the 3880 Die Bonder is already compatible with Palomar Technologies’ VisionPilot®. It utilizes advanced geometric pattern matching technology to reliably and accurately locate parts and is built upon Cognex® vision technology. Even under the most challenging conditions, this exclusive Palomar Technologies software can significantly reduce or eliminate fixturing requirements and costs. For locating parts or features, VisionPilot® provides the maximum inspection yield and reliability available in a vision system.

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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 ball and wedge wire bonding 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.

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Lumileds Expands Luxeon FlipChip Line to Strengthens CSP Leadership

CSP technology eliminates the traditional submount to minimize package size, thus enabling manufacturers to directly attach the LED die to the PCB, allowing for overall system cost reductions. Lumileds CSP technology is optimized to deliver high efficacy at high current density, achieving industry-leading lumen density and lm/$.  

High lumen applications such as outdoor and industrial lighting benefit from the high drive current capabilities and robust high power architecture of Luxeon FlipChip White. In addition, the small source size and high lumen density of Luxeon FlipChip White enables high packing density and superior beam control for directional lamps and luminaires. Luxeon FlipChip White is offered in two package sizes (1.4 x 1.4 mm and 1.1 x 1.1 mm) and a range of CCTs across 70 and 80 CRI.

Lumileds further accelerates the industry’s adoption of CSP Technology by offering Luxeon FlipChip White on its market-leading Matrix Platform. These LED boards, linear flex and modules can come configured with Luxeon FlipChip White along with connectors, optics, wiring and/or electronics, improving time-to-market and simplifying the supply chain.

For more information on Lumileds CSP technology and Luxeon FlipChip White, see

About Lumileds:
Lumileds is the global leader in light engine technology. The company develops, manufactures and distributes groundbreaking LEDs and automotive lighting products that shatter the status quo and help customers gain and maintain a competitive edge. With a rich history of industry “firsts,” Lumileds is uniquely positioned to deliver lighting advancements well into the future by maintaining an unwavering focus on quality, innovation and reliability.
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Lux-TSI Completes Full Accreditation: LM-79 Testing for Global Market Access

Anticipating the growing need for accredited photometry to support luminaire sales, Lux-TSI invested in a state-of-the-art moving-mirror Goniophotometer, along with the facilities and skills needed to meet the demanding standard set by UKAS.  For the past year, the team have been operating to the required level, building up data to support the final accreditation, which is now complete.

Dr. Gareth Jones, CEO, commented: “Complementing the existing total luminous flux and colorimetric accreditation, the ability to provide intensity and distribution data means Lux-TSI is in a unique position to offer the full range of independent accredited photometric data to LM-79-08, CIE S025 and EN 13032-4, required for LED lighting products by all major customers and projects world-wide. Demand is already strong and growing with upcoming trade shows and product launches, ahead of the major requirement for data to support Light & Building next April.  Over 20 lighting manufacturers have already benefited from this new level of service, coming to us for independent testing of individual items for specific projects, up to complete product ranges, seeing the value in working with us for trusted, independent data and quick service”.

With a range of test schedules and report content to suit all requirements and budgets, the service is flexible and cost-effective, above all it provides data customers can trust.

About Lux-TSI:
Lux-TSI provides independent consultancy, testing and certification solutions for lighting and consumer products, from its facilities in the UK and Malaysia, enabling customers to gain global market access rapidly at lowest cost and risk.  Its ISO17025 accredited laboratory in the UK provides a wide range of services, including photometric, photobiological, electrical, thermal, safety, environmental, un-metered supply, lumen maintenance and accelerated lifetesting, IP and IK testing.

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The Amazon’s Tapajos Basin is in danger

The Brazilian government is currently gearing up to build dozens of energy-producing megadams in the Amazon. São Luiz do Tapajos will be one of the largest—second only to Belo Monte. If it is built,  it will devastate the rich biodiversity in the area—an area which contains endemic species, and is surrounded by several legally protected areas, and will potentially change the way of life for the Indigenous Peoples that live there.

Munduruku leadership walking along the Tapajos river.

Its valley is home to 12,000 indigenous Munduruku people, whose lives are deeply entwined with the river and surrounding forest. During the construction of the dam, it’s likely that part of the Munduruku lands will be flooded, forcing them to be displaced from their traditional lands and affecting their cultural survival. And even though this dam will be built on their lands, the Munduruku were never consulted in the planning process.

A researcher studies a lake formed in the ebb of the Tapajos river, where the Munduruku usually fish to feed their people. If the hydro dam is built, lakes like this one may get flooded permanently, affecting the availability of fish for indigenous people in the region who depend on fishing to survive.


If this dam is built, a unique part of the Amazon could be lost for good. That’s why Greenpeace Brazil has joined forces with the Munduruku people and other allies to oppose the Brazilian government’s plans and keep the Tapajos area free from construction.

Luciano Naka, one of the authors of the analysis watches local birds on an island in the Tapajos river, which could be flooded if the dam is built.

Munduruku leadership speaks during the meeting with researchers and the Federal Prosecution Service about the impacts of the São Luiz do Tapajos dam.


Greenpeace Brazil conducted an independent analysis of the official Environmental Impact Assessment—a report presented by power utility companies which is supposed to inform decision-makers about potential environmental and social impacts of such projects. The study was led by nine scientists and experts from various Brazilian institutions.  It shows that the Environmental Impact Assessment doesn’t fulfill its role to properly inform decision-makers about the risks of building this dam, but only serves to justify the decision already made—to go ahead with construction.

Munduruku people perform a ritual during the meeting with researchers and the Federal Prosecution Service about the impacts of the São Luiz do Tapajos megadam.


In the last couple of days, Greenpeace Brazil and Munduruku leadership have come together for a   “Sage Gathering” in the Dace Waptu village, Para state, Amazon, with two of the scientists, to meet and discuss their findings.

Munduruku leaderships participating in the meeting with researchers and the Federal Prosecution Service about the impacts of the São Luiz do Tapajos dam.

Felício Pontes Jr., Federal Prosecutor of Pará, joins the meeting with Munduruku leadership and researchers about the potential impact of the São Luiz do Tapajos megadam


Bidding for construction of the São Luiz do Tapajos dam has been postponed until next year due to differences over indigenous peoples’ rights.

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You did it! Shell abandons Arctic drilling

This is your victory!

This week Shell announced plans to abandon its Arctic oil drilling operations. This is huge.

From activists who scaled Shell’s rig in April or who stopped one of Shell’s ships this July, to the millions of people all over the world who signed petitions, paraded with polar bears, shared stories and helped organise for real environmental justice, this is YOUR victory. Thank you.

Protest against Shell at Fredericia in Denmark 30 Jun, 2015 © Jason White / Greenpeace

The cost of Arctic drilling

Shell claims that the amount of oil it has been able to find isn’t worth the high costs of what has been one of the most dangerous and expensive projects in the history of fossil fuel extraction (for both the company’s wallet and reputation). The company has already spent upwards of US$7 billion trying to find oil in the Alaskan Arctic, but the environmental costs of Arctic oil are even higher.

In the US, President Obama’s own administration estimates that there would be a 75 percent chance of a disastrous oil spill if Shell got what it originally wanted.

Shell Protest in Unalaska 15 Jun, 2015 © Mark Meyer / Greenpeace

And it’s not just the risk of an oil spill that’s alarming. The Arctic acts as the world’s air conditioner by reflecting sunlight off sea ice and keeping the oceans cool. But that sea ice is melting, and the region is heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world. 

Climate change in the Arctic is already leading to people being displaced from their homes, polar bears starving and mosquito swarms getting so huge that they have become deadly for caribou. Drilling for and burning more fossil fuels is the exact wrong response to climate change. 

Why Shell called it quits

Shell found evidence of oil in the Arctic, but it still decided not to drill. The Financial Times reports that Shell has privately admitted that it didn’t expect so much public opposition. And in Shell’s own statement on why the company decided to abandon its Arctic drilling operations, the company cites a “challenging regulatory environment” as one key reason for halting its search for Arctic oil. You challenged them.

Giant Polar Bear Aurora at Shell HQ in London 2 Sep, 2015 © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

Shell was used to breezing through important environmental regulatory processes without a scratch, but this time people were watching. All year, comments poured in to the US government from around the world as millions of people asked President Obama’s administration to pull the brakes on Shell’s drilling.

It wasn’t President Obama who showed real climate leadership here. It was you.

Together, you turned what the oil industry hoped would be a small business story into front page headlines. Together, we demonstrated that people have the power to fight companies and governments who consistently value corporate profits over the health of our planet.

The fight isn’t over. While Shell has backed away from the Arctic, the region still doesn’t have the protection it needs. We will continue working to keep Shell and all other oil companies out of the Arctic for good and to demand a global sanctuary in this fragile region that will protect it from further destruction.

Let’s turn this victory into permanent protection for the Arctic. Are you in?

April Glaser is a mobilization specialist at Greenpeace USA.

A version of this blog was originally posted by Greenpeace USA.

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LED Mounting Bases Introduces Tiny MCPCBs for Lumileds Luxeon Z

The new 5 x 5 mm MCPCB for Lumileds Luxeon Z can easily be integrated into the tiniest spaces, alone or clustered. “This exclusive feature offers greater freedom of conception as it enables even smaller and unique luminaire designs for indoor, technical and even biological lighting”, explains Mr Espérance, CEO of LED Mounting Bases.

The clever MCPCB for 4 LEDs Luxeon Z multi-lenses is, for its part, compatible with various LED Lenses manufacturers such as LEDil, GAGGIONE, CARCLO, LEDENGIN and LEDLINK. This characteristic allows the user to perform several tests on a single circuit, making it ideal for prototyping at lower cost.

Among a wide range of innovative and high-quality products made in France, LED Mounting Bases offers hundreds of other MCPCBs, like the multi-footprint MCPCB for LED Tests and LEDiL LED Lens compatible.

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The Luxeon Z in brief:
The micro-sized Lumileds Luxeon Z allows a large degree of design freedom.  Its un-encapsulated chip provides a precise beam angle control, high-flux density and the flexibility of superior color mixing through choice of optics. Available in the full spectrum of colors from 380 nm to 670 nm and 4000 K white, the Luxeon Z is optimized for entertainment/stage, indoor and outdoor architectural, emergency vehicle lighting, remote phosphor-based retrofits & downlights, and a wide spectrum of specialty lighting applications. The user is able to create customized “multi-chip”, multi-color light sources.

About LED Mounting Bases:
LED Mounting Bases is the reference in MCPCBs designed for LEDs. The company offers a large choice of MCPCBs compatible with almost all the LEDs on the market. According to their needs, customers can have their LEDs soldered on MCPCBs, new electronic CADs can be developed and specific light engines designed. Made in France products ensure European quality.

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Tridonic Tunable White – Feel-Good Light for Offices

Natural daylight has a positive effect on our well-being, health and productivity. It helps alleviate mood swings and keeps our biorhythms in balance. Dynamically adjustable light that changes over the course of the day has a comparable effect. Tridonic offers a square lighting solution known as the Tunable White Area System which is tailored precisely to the area luminaires used in offices, educational establishments and healthcare facilities.

The Tunable White Area System is available as a precalibrated set that provides optimum quality of light and high colour consistency. It consists of four square LED modules each with a luminous flux of 1250 lm and one low-profile LED driver with a one4all interface (DALI Device Type 8, DSI, switchDIM, colourTEMPERATURE) and an output of 75 W. System efficiency is more than 130 lm/W. Thanks to the calibration the colour temperature can be set dynamically between 3000 K and 6000 K, with the luminous flux being kept constant. In addition, the system can be dimmed from 100 to 10% without changing the colour temperature. This means that it is able to achieve an excellent system colour tolerance of MacAdam 3.

Integrated thermal management ensures that the system does not require separate cooling. The long life of 50,000 hours reduces maintenance requirements considerably. The economical LED light sources and the dimming function combine to provide a high level of lighting comfort and a reduction in energy consumption.

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About Tridonic:
As a leading international supplier of intelligent and efficient lighting solutions, Tridonic supports its customers and business partners on their journey to greater success with intelligent, impressive and sustainable lighting. Our components and lighting systems offer the highest quality, absolute reliability and considerable energy savings, giving our customers a distinct competitive advantage.
Tridonic constantly brings innovations and state-of-the-art lighting systems to market. More than 95 percent of our R&D projects are devoted to the development of new LED systems and technologies for networked light. Thanks to our expertise and know-how in vertical lighting applications (in retail outlets, offices, educational establishments, outdoor installations and industry, for example), leading luminaire manufacturers, architects, electrical planners, lighting designers, electrical contractors and wholesalers place their trust in Tridonic for their indoor and outdoor lighting.
Tridonic is part of the Zumtobel Group and has its headquarters in Dornbirn, Austria. In the 2014/15 fiscal year, Tridonic achieved sales of 393.8 million euros. 1,750 highly qualified employees and sales partners in 51 countries throughout the world are committed to the development and introduction of new, intelligent and networked lighting systems. With over 40 million light points installed per year, Tridonic is ideally placed to position lighting as a key element and important infrastructure for networking more than just light (the internet of things).

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100% Renewable Energy by 2050? Why wait?

A new Greenpeace report shows how the world can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The bad news? It needs political will. The good news? It’s already happening!

Gemasolar, a 15 MW solar power tower plant. Gemasolar employs molten salt technologies for receiving and storing energy. Its 16-hour molten salt storage system can deliver power around the clock. It runs the equivalent of 6570 full hours out of 8769 total. Gemasolar is owned by Torresol Energy and was completed in May 2011.

Climate change deniers and investors take note. Renewable energy is here and it’s growing. From large corporations to village Eisenstein’s, the growing interest, investments, and inventions into clean energy is this century’s “goldrush”.

Don’t believe the hype? Here are 7 signs that give us hope the Energy [R]evolution is already on its way!

1. 2014 was the biggest year for solar in the US – an increase of 30% from the previous year. 

Alamosa Solar Generating Plant in Colorado, a 30 megawatt concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) power plant near Alamosa owned by Cogentrix Energy. It was called the largest CPV facility in the world when it came operational in May 2012. The 500 dual-axis CPV Amonix 7700 tracker assemblies cover a 225-acre plot. Each tracker is 70 feet (21 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) tall. Each has 7,560 Fresnel lenses that concentrate sunlight by a multiple of 500 onto multijunction gallium arsenide photovoltaic cells.The Alamosa Solar Generating Plant in Colorado

2. Renewable energy in the UK took over coal for the first time during this last quarter.

New wind turbines are constructed at the Butterwick Moor Wind Farm. The site, which consists of 10 turbines with a total power of up to 30MW, is being developed by E.ON.Construction of new wind turbines in the United Kingdom

3. And in his recent US visit, President Xi Jinping made a landmark commitment to put a price on carbon.

Dafeng Power Station is China’s largest solar photovoltaic-wind hybrid power station, with 220MW of grid-connected capacity, of which 20 MW is solar PV. Located in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, it came into operation on December 31, 2010 and has 1,100 annual utilization hours.  Every year it can generate 23 million KW-h of electricity, allowing it to save 7,000 tons of coal and 18,600 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.Dafeng Power Station in China

According to the report, if we continue in an upwards trend we could reach 42% renewables by 2030, 72% by 2040, and 100% in 2050. What’s more, the renewable energy sector will produce more jobs and because of all the fuel cost savings it can all be done at no extra expense.

But why wait till 2050 or for political will to kick in? The energy revolution is already happening!

4. Greenpeace India’s Dharnai village project has provided electricity to more than 2,400 people!

This includes 450 households and 50 commercial establishments, including two schools, a training centre and a primary healthcare centre.

Children sit under solar panels at Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai village. A solar-powered micro-grid is now supplying electricity to the village.Children in Dharnai Village in India

5. Renewable energy farms are appearing on land and water.

6. South Africa’s biggest solar plant is powering 80,000 homes and helping to beat blackouts.

Solar Installation in South Africa

7. And activists are giving the finger to coal plants in Romania.

Greenpeace Romania launches a project offering solar panels to the local school of the coal town in Rovinari. The event engages the school students and the local community. The solar panels on the school rooftop are part of the Greenpeace campaign to support the transition towards a future based on renewable resources. Renewable energy sources have a reduced impact on the environment, health and economy and supports the fight against climate change. The 40 solar panels installed on the local school in Rovinari have a capacity of 250 W each and they will supply 25% of the school’s energy needs. The photovoltaic installation on the school will supply electricity also to the national system.Installation of Solar Panels on School Rooftop in Romania

It’s clear that this is a type of power that’s proving to be unstoppable.  If you’re smart about it, you’ll already be jumping on that bandwagon.

Take action. Join the Energy [R]evolution! 

Shuk-Wah Chung is a Content Editor at Greenpeace East Asia 

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