Mentor Graphics Selects PCB Technology Leadership Awards Winners

3/13/2003 - Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) designer excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the winners of its 17th Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards at a banquet in coordination with PCB Design Conference West. The longest running competition of its kind for PCB designers in the EDA industry, Mentor's Technology Leadership Awards is open to any designs created with Mentor Graphics® PCB solutions, including the Board Station®, ExpeditionTM and SFX design tools. This year the program attracted a record number of submissions from countries around the world, including Portugal, Norway, Japan, Brazil, Singapore and Australia.

Industry experts judged entries in nine categories representing a wide variety of fields: Computer; Consumer Electronics & Peripherals; Portable Products; Data Communications; Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical; Military & Aerospace; Telecommunications; University & Training Institutes and Best Design Overall.

"Mentor Graphics is committed to the PCB designer community and our PCB Technology Leadership Awards program provides the opportunity to showcase the most innovative and talented designers worldwide," said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager, systems design division, Mentor Graphics. "In its 17th year, the program continues to attract the most skilled users of our PCB design tools."

This year's panel of judges included: Andy Shaughnessy, associate editor of Printed Circuit Design Magazine; Mary Sugden, president of Copper Connection Inc.; David M. Graff, former president of the IPC Designers Council, Silicon Valley Chapter; Happy T. Holden, manager of Advanced Technologies; Gary Ferrari, owner of Ferrari Technical Services, Inc. and David Graves, vice president of UltraCAD Design, Inc.

"Once again, I am pleased to be involved in the judging of the EDA industry's most prestigious PCB design competition. Over the past few years, I have seen exponential growth in both the quality and the complexity of the designs," said Holden. "It was both an honor and a challenge for me to help select the best designs, and the best designers, from around the world. The variety of submissions continues to impress me. Selecting the winners was a tough decision. In my opinion, everyone who entered was worthy of an award."

This year's Technology Leadership Awards winner for the Best Design Overall and best design for the Consumer Electronics & Peripherals category is Ms. Anna Pahoa, hardware designer for Kyocera Wireless Corp. Pahoa's winning PCB entry is a flip cellular phone circuit card for the wireless communalizations industry. The flip cellular phone circuit card was created using Mentor Graphics Board Station, Design Architect® and LMS tools. Pahoa studied drafting at the Golden West Junior College in Huntington Beach, California and has been drafting and designing boards since 1982. Her expertise involves double sided designs with tight packaging, combination RF and digital circuitry, utilizing double micro and blind vias.

"Winning the Best Overall Design category in the industry's preeminent competition is a tremendous honor," said Pahoa. "The flip cellular phone circuit card is my career best, and makes this achievement even more meaningful to me."

Mentor Graphics honored award winners at a banquet on Tuesday, March 11 at the Mirassou Winery in San Jose, Calif.

2003 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Computer
Company Name: Advanced Micro Devices
Designer/s: Olivier Danoy, Daniel Sill, Craig Johnson, Wayne Pulliam, Darren Raab, Robert Rogers, Rob Antonio, Brian Chen, Mike Taylor
End Product Use: 4 Processors Rack Mount Server

Category: Consumer Electronics & Peripherals / Best Design Overall
Company Name: Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Designer/s: Anna Pahoa
End Product Use: Flip Cellular Phone Circuit Card

Category: Portable Products
Company Name: Tadpole Computer Inc.
Designer/s: Erik Wainwright
End Product Use: Solaris Laptop with 2 GB of Memory

Category: Data Communications
Company Name: Optimum Design Associates
Designer/s: Brendon Parise, Tom Stout
End Product Use: Optical Data Link Interface

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical
Company Name: SICK AG
Designer/s: Volker Zausch
End Product Use: Barcode-Reader

Category: Military & Aerospace
Company Name: Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace
Designer/s: Pål Robert Andreassen, Ragnar Aas, Roy Hove
End Product Use: NSM - Anti Ship Missile System

Category: Telecommunications
Company Name: Hughes Network Systems
Designer/s: Richard Berryman, JoAnn Lipps, Dave Mills, Dan Nobile, George Eapen, Erik Laurila, Kumud Patel
End Product Use: Satellite Modem

Category: University & Training Institutes - Instructor Category
Company Name: The University of Chicago
Designer/s: Mircea Bogdan, Ted Liu, Harold Sanders
End Product Use: Collider Detector at Fermilab

Category: University & Training Institutes - Student Category
Company Name: VCU School of Engineering
Designer/s: Jonathan Andrews
End Product Use: Prototype Data Acquisition System

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $600 million and employs approximately 3,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

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