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Mentor Graphics Announces 24th Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards Program Winners

Oct 19, 2012

Started in 1988, the Mentor Graphics Technology Leadership Awards program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

Started in 1988, the Mentor Graphics Technology Leadership Awards program is the longest running competition of its kind in the EDA industry. It recognizes engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced winners of its 24th annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards. Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. It recognizes engineers and designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

Industry experts judged entries from around the world in six categories representing a wide variety of industries. The  PCB industry expert judges included Happy Holden, director of electronics technologies, GENTEX Corporation; Gary Ferrari, technical support director, FTG Circuits; Pete Waddell, president of UP Media, publisher of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly magazine; Andy Kowalewski, senior interconnect designer, AdvantagePCB; Charles Pfeil, engineering director, Mentor Graphics; and Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer, Avionics Division of L-3. Also this year an honorary judge was included: Dr. Russell F. Henke, high-tech business consultant since 1996 and EDACafe.com contributing editor since 2003, and founder of the original TLA program.

With 47 years in electronics, I’ve learned what it takes to make a circuit and PCB board function precisely as it should, especially in this very high-speed world of today. The screaming edge rates drive us into the need for impedance control and high-power integrity, the likes of which we’ve not seen before,” stated Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer, Avionics Division of L-3 and a judge for this year’s competition. “I have never given a score to a design as high as the one I ranked as the overall winner-it’s just unheard of, how good that design is! Overall, I am amazed at how terrific almost every design was this year.”

2012 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Best Overall Design

  • Company: Selex Galileo, UK
  • Design team: Simon Hawkes, Mark Butt, Kelly Perryman
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

Category: Computers, Blade & Servers, Memory Systems

1st place: Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Germany

  • Design team: Andreas Schaefer, Peter Kastl, Andreas Neumann, Mario Lanteri, Markus Wicher, Andreas Titz, Peter Bräu, Benjamin Zeller, George Emanuel  Valceanu
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

2nd place: Samsung Electronics, South Korea

  • Design team: MiKyoung Nam, Sungho Jung, Myung-Hwa Jung, Chunglyol Lee
  • Using: Board Station XE

Category: Consumer Electronics & Handhelds

1st place: Qualcomm, USA

  • Design team: Larry Paul, Byron Coleman, Brad Davis, Bruce Fischer, Andy Lejman
  • Using: Board Station XE

2nd place: TP Vision Singapore

  • Design team: Richard Hoong, Looi Lai Yin, Tan Li Li, Ng Kim Yan
  • Using: Board Station XE

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical

1st place: Emerson Control Techniques, USA

  • Design team: Michael Weinberg, Robert Cottell
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

2nd place: CiBoard Electronic, Germany

  • Design team: Michael Schwitzer, Thomas Blasko
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

Category: Military & Aerospace

1st place: Aselsan, Turkey

  • Design team: Sefika Ozkal Piroglu, Murat Karadeniz, Inanc Dogru, Hakan Cimen, Serkan Ozyurek, Halil Ibrahim Yaslak
  • Using: Board Station XE

2nd place: IAI Elta, Israel

  • Design team: Benny Lazar, Haouji Jean-Pierr
  • Using: Board Station XE

Category: Telecom, Network Controllers, Line Cards

1st place: Alcatel-Lucent, USA

  • Design team: Ramfis Rivera-Colon, Rick Mctee, Greg Martin, Bob Novonty, Jeff Bridgett, Conrad Herse, Ken Krueger, Joseph Gomez, Jay Kreminski, Sergio Olmos
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

2nd place: Tellabs, Finland

  • Design team: Peter Kokko, Juha Ahvenainen, Sami Jokinen, Sauli Kunnas, Jyrki Nyyssönen, Matti Pulkkinen, Jukka Raappana, Hannu Saarikoski, Kimmo Valkonen, Päivi Vallin, Ilari Veki, Jyrki Vuorinen
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

Category: Transportation & Automotive

1st place: Johnson Controls, USA

  • Design team: Scott Smith, Petar Slavov, Krzysztof Russa
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

2nd place: Huizhou Desay, China

  • Designer: Tan Baichuan
  • Using: Expedition Enterprise

See the on-demand webinar highlighting industry trends and the winners of the 2012 TLA competition


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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $1,015 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/

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