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Dr. Russ Henke
Dr. Russ Henke
The writer of the following article has posted over 100 articles on EDACafe.com since 2003, in the form of Quarterly Commentaries on the worldwide EDA and EDA IP Industries as well as monthly Editorials covering vendors, products, finances and new developments. Beginning April 2012 these … More »

MGC TLA Competition Behold: The Winners!

 
November 5th, 2012 by Dr. Russ Henke

THE PURPOSES OF THIS BLOG ENTRY ARE

1) TO INFORM INTERESTED EDA COMMENTARY READERS OF THE VERY RECENT COMPLETION OF THE 24TH ANNUAL MENTOR GRAPHICS TECHNICAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS CONTEST;

2) TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND ON THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS THAT OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AND FALL OF 2012 LEADING UP

3) TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF TLA WINNERS ON OCTOBER 16, 2012; AND

4)
TO ENCOURAGE READERS TO VIEW THE DESCRIPTIVE WEBINAR AVAILABLE ON THE MGC WEB SITE THAT DOCUMENTS THE OUTCOME.

 TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL, THE FOLLOWING IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS, WITH THE LETTERS A, B, AND C DESIGNATING ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THREE SEPARATE SEQUENTIAL DATES DURING 2012:

DATE A = JUN 25;     DATE B = OCT 8;     DATE C = NOV 5

SINCE SOME EVENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED PREVIOUSLY IN STAND-ALONE EDA COMMENTARY DOCUMENTS, ONE FOR DATE A = JUN 25 AND ONE FOR DATE B = OCT 8, THESE TWO SECTIONS WILL BE INCLUDED HERE FOR COMPLETENESS ONLY, WITH THE NEW INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH  DATE C = NOV 5 PROVIDED FIRST IN THIS EDA COMMENTARY, AND OLDER INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH DATES A AND B INCLUDED THEREAFTER SOLELY FOR THE RECORD.

 DATE C =NOVEMBER 5, 2012

 

1. Please go the Mentor Graphics website by clicking on  the following URL, and read that whole portion of the MGC website carefully:

http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/tla/previous-winners

2. Once you have read the material that the URL above has taken you, find the words in that section on the right hand side that say ” * TLA Home ” and click on them.

3. Read the words in that latest section, then click on the words ” View Video ” that appear just below the folllowing logo:

Announcing the 24th Annual PCB Technology Leadership Award Winners

On-demand Web Seminar

See the designs that define the leading edge of the electronics industry, created by the most innovative engineers and designers.  View Video

4. YOU MAY NEED TO SIGN IN T0 THE MGC WEBSITE HERE; JUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AND YOU’LL SOON BE WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THE WEBINAR!

5. Please do not leave the site till you have also watched and listened to MGC’s David Wiens narrate the entire WEBINAR.

PART A = JUNE 25, 2012

First posted on June 25,  2012, the EDA & MCAD/MCAE Industry Almanac – Nominal Q1 2012 featured this headline:

Breaking News from Mentor Graphics
24th Annual MGC PCB Technology Leadership Awards

On June 18, 2012 Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the call-for-entries of its 24th annual Technology Leadership Awards (TLA) competition, continuing its tradition of recognizing excellence in printed circuit board (PCB) design.

The modern PCB portion of Mentor Graphics was covered extensively in the EDA WEEKLY July 25, 2011, in an article entitled, “Back to the Future”:

http://www10.edacafe.com/nbc/articles/view_weekly.php?section=Magazine&articleid=980675&printerfriendly=1

Started at the PCB Division in 1988, the TLA program is the longest running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (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.

“I’m pleased to see Mentor’s continued support for this program,”stated Andy Kowalewski, senior interconnect designer, AdvantagePCB. “PCB designers are constantly facing new challenges and finding innovative solutions to address them. The Technology Leadership Awards are a great way to showcase the leading-edge design approaches they’re utilizing, and recognize the designers and their contribution to the PCB industry.” Andy is also one of this year’s judges; hid bio is included below.

The writer of this EDA & MCAD/MCAE Almanac has been invited to participate as an honorary TLA judge this year as well, to recognize his strong support of the fledgling TLA Contest when he was VP/GM of the PCB Division during the early years of existence of both the division and the TLA Competition. “One of the keys to the success of the TLA program back then was to tap well-known industry experts to judge customer entries. That tradition continues 20 years later as Mentor Graphics has again achieved PCB market leadership,” says the writer.

Back in the early 90’s, the PCB Division General Manager often traveled to nearby or distant customer sites with the respective MGC sales teams, for formal delivery of the winning Award plaques, such as the presentation by GM Henke (center) to Siemens Plessey Radar on the Isle of Wight, UK, shown below:

This year, entrants will be able to submit their design accomplishments in any of seven categories representing 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
– University

“Our annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards contest provides a worldwide opportunity for talented designers to showcase innovative designs.  Each year we see ever increasing challenges and the use of new technologies implemented,” said Dan Boncella, director of marketing, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. “The submissions for this contest are really quite impressive. We are expecting this year’s competition to be bigger than ever, with entries from many major electronics companies as well as from smaller teams located of both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific.”

Several of the winning boards FROM LAST YEAR’S AWARD WINNERS are imaged at various locations in these paragraphs, without attribution.

Winners of the 2012 awards will be named for each category as well as a Best Overall Design recipient. The timeframe for submitting entries is from June 11th through July 31, 2012.

Entries invited

Entrants were invited to apply online at www.mentor.com/go/tla.  This web page also sported a video from the judges with helpful hints on how to win.


About the Technology Leaddership Awards Contest

Mentor’s annual Technology Leadership Awards contest is open to any designs created with Mentor’s PCB solutions, including the Board Station®, Expedition™ Enterprise and PADS® design flows. Judging is based on overcoming complexity challenges, such as small form factor, high-speed content, design team collaboration, advanced PCB fabrication technologies and design-cycle time reduction. This year, judging started July 31,2012 and winners would be announced in October2012 on a worldwide web broadcast.

Meet the Expert Judges of the 24th TLA Contest

Happy Holden

Happy Holden is the Director of Electronics Technologies at GENTEX Corporation, the world’s preeminent supplier of auto-dimming and rear-camera electronic mirrors.  A frequent speaker and lecturer on advanced PCBs and HDI the last 42 years, he retired as CTO for Hon Hai’s Mobile Interconnect Products Business Group of China and Taiwan.  Prior to joining Hon Hai, he was the Senior PCB Technologist for Mentor Graphics’ System Design Division in Longmont, CO; then Advanced Technology Manager at NanYa/Westwood Associates and Merix Corporations.  He took early retirement from Hewlett-Packard after over 28 years. Mr. Holden formerly managed Hewlett-Packard’s application organizations in Taiwan and Hong Kong. His prior assignments with HP had been as director of PCB R&D and PCB Engineering Manager. Happy has received the IPC President’s Award in 1995 for contributions to printed circuits world-wide.  Mr. Holden has written over 130 technical papers and PCB chapters in 3 books plus contributing and being an Assistant Editor for the Coomb’s 4th, 5th and 6th Editions of the PC HANBOOK. In 2009 he wrote the popular (free) HDI HANDBOOK from pcb007 (http://hdihandbook.com).  He holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science.   He is a member of the IPC, SMTA, IMAPS and the IEEE.

Rick Hartley

Rick Hartley is a Senior Principal Engineer at L-3 Communication, Avionics Systems, as well Principal Engineer of Hartley Enterprises, through which he consults and teaches internationally.  His 47 year career has focused on circuits and PC boards for computers, aircraft avionics and telecommunications.  The past 37 years were dedicated to PC board and circuit development with emphasis on control of noise.  Rick is a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design Magazine and has written numerous technical papers on methods to control EMI and signal integrity.  He is currently on the IPC Designers Council Executive Board.

Andy Kowalewski

 

A board designer for over 31 years, Andy Kowalewski has a technical background in avionics (HF, VHF and UHF) air-ground-air & radio link communications, radar & navigational aids. Starting as a technician with tubes, then on to board design, he evolved from hand drafting to CAD in 1985. He has owned/operated a service bureau, designing under contract both in Australia and worldwide. He is currently working with an advanced service bureau in Sydney, Australia.  Andy was one of the first designers certified as a CID (Certified Interconnect Designer) through the IPC Designers Council in 1995, now also certified as an Advanced Interconnect Designer (CID+). A past President of the North Texas Chapter of the Designers Council & Past Chairman of the Designers Council Executive Board, Andy remains a member of the Designers Council. A Master Instructor qualified to teach and certify other instructors, Andy is active in teaching Basic and Advanced Certification workshops. He is a past member of the Editorial Review Board of Printed Circuit Design magazine, and has written advanced design articles for that magazine. He has spoken at conferences and taught seminars and workshops throughout the USA, in Australia, China, Malaysia and the UK

Pete Waddell

Pete Waddell is president of UP Media Group, publisher of Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazine and Circuits Assembly magazine. UPMG also produces the PCB Design Conference and the Printed Circuit University online education site. During his publishing career Pete has been editor and publisher of several magazines in the electronic and PCB markets including Printed Circuit Design magazine and PC Fab magazine, and conference chair for the PCB Design Conferences.  Before coming to the publishing world Pete spent 20 years as a PCB and electromechanical designer working on commercial and military applications. He started his career as a draftsman in the structural steel and civil engineering fields.

Gary Ferrari

Gary Ferrari is currently the Director of Technical Support for ITG Circuits. Gary has over 40 years experience in electronic packaging with an emphasis on printed board (PWB) design and manufacturing. He has held senior operations, quality and engineering positions in both OEM- and supplier-based environments, and has served as the executive director and co-founder of the IPC Designers Council. He has chaired a number of IPC technical committees on design, including the popular IPC-2221/2222 Design subcommittee. He served as chairman of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee, guiding IPC technical activities during his term. He has written numerous technical articles, and has provided design for manufacture (DFM) consulting services to the industry.  Gary spearheaded IPC’s highly successful PWB Designers Certification Program, which has trained and recognized over 3000 designers to date. Gary was honored with the IPC “President’s Award” in 1990, recognizing his contributions to the electronic interconnection industry, as well as to the association.

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DATE B =  OCTOBER 8, 2012

The next article to appear in an EDA Industry Commentary about the  “Technology Leadership Awards“ was this entry in the October 8, 2012 issue of the EDA & MCAD/MCAE Industry Amanac posted on EDACafe.com on October 6, 2012:

Breaking News from Mentor Graphics

The 24th Annual MGC PCB Technology Leadership Awards


The TLA Winning Designs have been chosen by the judges after some 60 hours of consultation on average from each judge.

By the way, the Judges are not compensated by Mentor Graphics for time they spend on the TLA Contest; the work they do with the TLA is part of their UNPAID CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ADVABCEMENT OF THEIR PROFESSIONS.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN SEEING THE WINNING TLA BOARD DESIGNS AND WINNING DESIGNERS, MENTOR GRAPHICS will hold a WEB Seminar (Webinar) to announce the winners of the 24th TLA Competition on October 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING TO ATTEND THIS FREE WEBINAR ARE GIVEN AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE.

Continuing in its tradition of promoting and printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics will announce the winners of this year’s TLA contest DURING THE WEBINAR.

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.

Attend this webinar to see the designs that define the leading edge of the electronics industry.

What You Will Learn

  • Winners of the 2012 TLA competition, including characteristics of leading edge designs and challenges faced during the design process
  • Trends and statistics based on TLA entries over time

About the Presenter

 David Wiens

David Wiens has over 20 years of experience in the EDA industry and is currently a product manager for the Systems Design Division of Mentor Graphics Corp. He joined Mentor Graphics in 1999 and previously held various engineering, marketing and management positions within the EDA industry. His focus areas have included advanced packaging, high-speed design, routing technology and integrated systems design.

Who Should Attend

  • PCB designers and CAD team managers interested in how their industry peers are solving lead-edge design challenges

http://www.mentor.com/products/pcb-system-design/request?id=event_52a945d6-0e73-4108-b1e5-041158920f01&fmpath=/products/pcb-system-design/events/annual-pcb-technology-leadership-award-winners_reg

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ABOUT THE WRITER:

Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been active full time as president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies served by HENKE ASSOCIATES during those years now numbers more than fifty. Engagement lengths have varied from a few weeks up to ten years and beyond.

During his previous corporate career, Henke operated sequentially on “both sides” of MCAE/MCAD and EDA, as a user and as a vendor. He’s a veteran corporate executive from Cincinnati Milacron (Research Scientist), SDRC (President & COO), Schlumberger Applicon (Executive VP), Gould Electronics (President & General Manager), ATP (Chairman and CEO), and Mentor Graphics (VP & General Manager).

Henke is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and served on the SME International Board of Directors. Henke was also a board member of SDRC, PDA, ATP, and the MacNeal Schwendler Corporation, and he currently serves on the board of Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.

Henke is also a member of the IEEE and a Life Fellow of ASME International.

In April 2006, Dr. Henke received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the CAD Society, presented by CAD Society president Jeff Rowe at COFES2006 in Scottsdale, AZ. In February 2007, Henke became affiliated with Cyon Research’s select group of experts on business and technology issues as a Senior Analyst. This Cyon Research connection aids and supplements Henke’s ongoing, independent consulting practice (HENKE ASSOCIATES).

Dr. Henke was also a contributing editor of the EDACafé.com EDA WEEKLY from November 01, 2009 until March 31, 2012, posting thirty-two EDA WEEKLY articles during that period; URL’s available. Effective April 01, 2012 he contributes to EDA COMMENTARY and MCAD COMMENTARY, and also writes a periodic blog for EDACafe.com and/or MCADCafe.com.

Since May 2003 HENKE ASSOCIATES has also published more than 100 independent commentary articles on MCAD, PLM, EDA and Electronics IP on IBSystems’ MCADCafé and EDACafé. Such Commentaries are now part of the EDA and/or MCAD COMMENTARY entries.

Further information on HENKE ASSOCIATES, and URL’s for past Commentaries, WEEKLIES, etc., are available at

http://www.henkeassociates.net

March 31, 2013 will mark the 17th Anniversary of the founding of HENKE ASSOCIATES.

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