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 WaveLAN(TM) 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
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