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Mentor Graphics Announces 25th Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards Winners

Dec 10, 2014

Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the winners of its 25th 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.

Prominent experts in the PCB industry judged entries from around the world in six categories that represent a wide variety of industries:

• Consumer electronics and handheld
• Industrial control, instrumentation, security and medical
• Military and aerospace
• Computers, blade and servers, memory systems
• Telecom, network controllers, line cards
• Transportation and automotive

The expert judges included Happy Holden, Gentex Corporation (retired); Gary Ferrari, FTG Circuits technical support director; Pete Waddell, president of UP Media and publisher of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly Magazine; Andy Kowalewski, Metamako LP senior interconnect designer; Rick Hartley, L-3 Communications/Avionics Division senior principal engineer; Susy Webb, Fairfield Nodal senior PCB designer; and Charles Pfeil, Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division director of engineering.

2014 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Best Overall Design

• Company: Alcatel-Lucent Italia
• Design team: Fabrizio Crippa, Giovanni Villa, Sergio Pirovano, Massimo Pollastri, Stefano Cornini, Luigi Aldeghi, Fabio Villa, Paolo Scotti, Massimiliano Severi, Ivan Malaspina, Fabio Frigerio, Donato Maggi
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

Category:  Computers, Blade & Servers, Memory Systems

• 1st place: Seagate Technology LLC
• Design team: Andre’ Dutko, Keith MacLean
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

• 2nd place: Sanmina Corp.
• Design team: Damodhar Chakravarthy Mallisetty, Tom Thomas, Birla Manoharan
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

Category: Consumer Electronics & Handhelds

• 1st place: Qualcomm Technologies Inc.
• Design team: Larry Paul, Sanat Kapoor, Stephen Baker, Danlin Xiang, Michael Tex, Scott Asbill
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

• 2nd place:  Wizlogix Pte. Ltd.
• Design team: Vivian Ong Ai Lian, Tan Shean Huey, Romeo Pineda
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical

• 1st place: Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH
• Design team: Andreas Schaefer, Timo Bruderek, Joachim Bub, Andreas Titz, Willi Neukam, Peter Bräu, Werner Hasubick, Rudi Haeussermann, George Emanuel Valceanu
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

• 2nd place: Valtronic SA
• Design team: Gabriel Gay, Van Ly Mai, Cristian Anton, Bert de Vries
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

Category: Military & Aerospace

• 1st place: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
• Design team: Dave Petrick, D.Albaijes, Banks Walker
• Using: PADS

• 2nd place: BAE Systems
• Design team: Matthew Offredi, Gary Chambers, Daniel Smith, Sammy Laver, Ross McCullie, Gary Prior
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

Category: Telecom, Network Controllers, Line Cards

• 1st place: RAD
• Design team: Olga Goykhberg, Svetlana Zlotnik, Didier Halimi; Dorit Leizer, Sharona Manasherov
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

• 2nd place: Ericsson TV
• Design team: Rob Dickinson, Paul White, John Curtis
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

Category: Transportation & Automotive

• 1st place: Visteon Corp.
• Design team: Hai Pham, Padmanaban Kanagaraj, Krzysztof Russa
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

• 2nd place: Visteon Corp.
• Designer: Nagarajan Mani
• Using: Xpedition Enterprise

The on-demand webinar highlighting industry trends and the winners of the 2014 Technology Leadership Awards competition can be found at

The TLA contest is open to any designs created with Mentor Graphics® PCB solutions. Judging is based on design complexity and overcoming associated challenges, such as small form factor, high-speed protocols, multi-discipline team collaboration, advanced PCB fabrication technologies and design-cycle time reduction.

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 in the last fiscal year of about $1.15 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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