Mentor Graphics Reveals PCB Technology Leadership Award Winners

Continuing in its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced winners of its 20th annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards ceremony during the PCB Design Conference East in Tinley Park, IL. Started in 1988, this program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. It recognizes engineers and computer aided design (CAD) designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.

“Mentor Graphics’ PCB Technology Leadership Awards provides the opportunity to showcase the industry’s most innovative and talented designers worldwide,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager, systems design division, Mentor Graphics. “The high volume of design entries truly reflects the dramatic increase in design complexity and functionality seen in today’s electronic products. This design diversity and complexity further validates the need for the continued innovation of design automation technologies and processes. It is very rewarding to see our tools helping to develop and deliver the next generation of electronics products.”

Industry experts judged entries from 20 countries in six categories representing a wide variety of industries. New this year is the recognition of “Runners-up,” since there were so many competitive entries that were mere points from the winning submissions. The PCB industry expert judges included Happy Holden, senior technology specialist of Mentor Graphics; Gary Ferrari, technical support director, FTG Circuits; Pete Waddell, vice president of UP Media, publisher of Printed Circuit Designs & Fabrication Magazine; and Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer, avionics division of L-3 Communications.

2008 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Best Overall Design
Company Name: Alcatel Lucent (France) using Expedition® Enterprise
Design Team: Laurent Moquet, Jean-Claude Simon

Category: Consumer Electronics & Handhelds
Company Name: Philips Consumer Lifestyle (Belgium) using Board Station®, XtremePCB[tm]
Design Team: Pascal Pardo, Goedgebeur Emmanuel, De Pauw Bertrand, De Keyzer Randal, Vanderghote Jean-Christophe, Parmentier Jurgen
Runner Up: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Japan) using Expedition Enterprise

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical
Company Name: GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (USA) using Expedition Enterprise, XtremePCB
Design Team: Jack Henslee, Fred Girgenti, Owen Wells
Runner Up: CiBOARD Electronic GmbH (Germany) using Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx®

Category: Military & Aerospace
Company Name: DRS Technologies (Canada) using Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx
Design Team: Robert Turzo, Andre Demers
Runner Up: L-3 Communications (USA) using Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx

Category: PC Computers and Peripherals
Company Name: ACCM Computing (Egypt) using Expedition Enterprise
Designer: Ahlmed Essam
Runner Up: Xerox Corporation (USA) using Expedition Enterprise

Category: Telecommunication Switches, Network Servers, Base Stations and Computer Mainframes
Company Name: Broadcom Corporation (USA) using Expedition Enterprise
Design Team: John Mehlmauer, Michael Hurt
Runner Up: RAD Data Communications Ltd. (Israel) using Expedition Enterprise

Category: Transportation and Automotive
Company Name: AVL List GmbH (Austria) using Board Station, I/O Designer[tm]
Design Team: Wolfgang Rinner, Gernot Fernitz, Ewald Schenkirsch
Runner Up: Johnson Controls (USA) using Expedition Enterprise, Quiet[tm] Expert

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 over $875 million and employs approximately 4,350 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

Mentor Graphics, Expedition, Board Station and HyperLynx are registered trademarks and XtremePCB, I/O Designer and Quiet Expert are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.