Mentor Graphics Reveals Winners of PCB Technology Leadership Awards

3/19/2004 - Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) designer excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the winners of its 18th 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 program is open to any designs created with Mentor Graphics® PCB solutions, including the Board Station®, ExpeditionTM and PADS® design tools. This year's competition attracted submissions from countries around the world, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Industry experts judged entries in seven categories representing a wide variety of fields: Computer; Consumer Electronics & Peripherals; Data Communications; Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical; Military & Aerospace; Telecommunications; and Transportation & Automotive as well as 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. "The caliber of this year's entries demonstrates the innovative designs enabled by our tools."

This year's panel of judges included: Andy Shaughnessy, associate editor of Printed Circuit Design & Manufacture Magazine; Chris Edwards, editor of The IEE; Happy T. Holden, manager of Advanced Technologies; Gary Ferrari, owner of Ferrari Technical Services, Inc. and David Graves, vice president of UltraCAD Design, Inc.

"This is my fourth year judging and I am pleased to be involved with the EDA industry's most prestigious PCB design competition," said Holden. "Over the years, I have seen extraordinary growth in both the quality and the complexity of the designs and the variety of submissions continues to impress me. Each year it is more difficult to select the best designs, and the best designers, from around the world and this year was no exception."

This year's Technology Leadership Awards winner for the Best Overall Design and Best Design for the Data Communications category is Mr. Steven Tipping, PCB designer for Agere Systems in the United Kingdom. Tipping's winning PCB entry is the WaveLANTM WL1141 PHY module, combining RF and baseband functions for Wi-Fi 802.11b.

"With Agere's PHY module, developers can easily incorporate Wi-Fi into their PC and consumer electronics products without the background required in radio design. The flexibility of the Mentor Graphics Board Station solution, combined with Agere's wireless design expertise, allowed us to be the first in the industry to develop a single-package, RF and baseband multi-chip module targeting wireless networking applications," said Steven Tipping, PCB designer in Agere's Computing Connectivity division.

Mentor Graphics honored its award winners at a banquet on Wednesday, March 17 at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif.

2004 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Computer
Company Name: Advanced Micro Devices
Designer/s: Olivier Danoy, Daniel Sill, Craig Johnson, John Dambik, and Ravi Bingi
End Product Use: 2P-1U Rack Mount Server

Category: Consumer Electronics & Peripherals
Company Name: 3DLabs
Designer/s: Terry Prestwood, Mike Wright, William Hill, Mike Futrell, and Michael McMahan
End Product Use: Graphics Accelerator

Category: Data Communications
Company Name: Storagetek
Designer/s: Randy Bennett and Dave Pereira
End Product Use: Tape Products

Category: Data Communications/ Best Design Overall
Company Name: Agere Systems
Designer/s: Steven Tipping
End Product Use: RF solution for WI-FI 802.11 products

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical
Company Name: Siemens AG
Designer/s: Ralf Weiss, Wolfgang Schwab, Georg Rauh, and Franz Eiermann
End Product Use: Scanner

Category: Military & Aerospace
Company Name: Summit Technologies, Inc.
Designer/s: Louis Carrier, Eric Landry
End Product Use: Communications Systems

Category: Telecommunications
Company Name: Interdigital Communications Corp.
Designer/s: Ernie Estevez and Paul Catrogivanni
End Product Use: Telecommunications

Category: Telecommunications
Company Name: Qualcomm
Designer/s: Roger Massey, Fong Lui Ng, Bruce Woltz, Anthony Richards and Bill Drennen
End Product Use: Telecommunications

Category: Transportation & Automotive
Company Name: Caterpillar Electronics
Designer/s: Paul Toyne and Terri Dumoulin
End Product Use: Engine Controller

About Mentor Graphics
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 $675 million and employs approximately 3,700 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:

Mentor Graphics, Board Station, PADS and Design Architect are registered trademarks and Expedition is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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