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Mentor Graphics Announces 23rd Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards Program Winners

WILSONVILLE, Ore., November 21, 2011—Continuing in its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced winners of its 23rd 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 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’ Technology Leadership Awards showcases the best electronics design teams in the industry,” said Pete Waddell, president of UP Media and publisher of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly Magazine. “The complexity of the designs and the commitment of the teams who worked on the designs, is a testament to the talents and innovative abilities of engineers and designers involved. They certainly earned the respect of those of us who are fortunate to be involved with the program.”

Industry experts judged entries from around the world in five categories representing a wide variety of industries. The PCB industry expert judges included Happy Holden, retired and former CTO, Foxconn Advanced Technology; 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; and Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer, Avionics Division of L-3 Communications.

2011 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Best Overall Design

  • Company: Wipro Technologies, India
    Design team: Rakesh Raju Nadimetla, Radesh Gupta
    Using: Board Station® RE, XtremePCB™, HyperLynx® SI/PI

Category: Computers, Blade & Servers, Memory Systems

  • 1st place: GE Intelligent Platforms, UK
    Design team: Mike Tapp, Rob Savage, Bryan Ledger, Stuart Connolly
    Using: Expedition® PCB, HyperLynx SI/PI
  • 2nd place: PFU, Japan
    Design team: Junichi Nakagawa, Yuusuke Amakata, Seiji Yoshinaga, Yasuhide Chigawa
    Using: Expedition PCB, CES, XtremePCB, HyperLynx SI/PI

Category: Consumer Electronics & Handhelds

  • 1st place: LG Electronics, South Korea
    Design team: Junhyeok Lee, Inmu Kim, Kun Joo
    Using: Expedition Enterprise
  • 2nd place: Avolites, UK
    Designer: Alwyn Fernandes
    Using: PADS®

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical

  • 1st place: Verigy, Germany
    Designer: Oliver Knitterscheidt
    Using: Board Station, HyperLynx PI
  • 2nd place: Agilent, China
    Designer: Bo Yao
    Using: Expedition PCB

Category: Military & Aerospace

  • 1st place: GE Intelligent Platforms, UK
    Design team: Jim Rose, Michael Brewin, David Hart
    Using: Expedition PCB, HyperLynx SI/PI
  • 2nd place: SELEX Galileo S.p.A., Italy
    Design team: Maurizio Pagani, Matteo Seminari, Aldo Boschiroli, Gregorio Vitale
    Using: Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx

Category: Telecom, Network Controllers, Line Cards

  • 1st place: Alcatel-Lucent, USA
    Design team: Mei Wong, Carboy Zhang Li Bo, Mark Darby, Aydin Cokoyoglu
    Using: Board Station RE
  • 2nd place: F5 Networks, USA
    Design team: Debra Bandimere, Jarom Daines, Eric Daines, Jerry Canterbury
    Using: CES, Expedition PCB

Category: Transportation & Automotive

  • 1st place: Johnson Controls, USA
    Design team: Scott Smith, Siddesh Vishwanath, Krzysztof Russa
    Using: Expedition PCB, CES
  • 2nd place: Huizhou Desay, China
    Designer: Tan Baichuan
    Using: Expedition PCB

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Board Station, PADS, Expedition and HyperLynx are registered trademarks and XtremePCB is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

For more information, please contact:
Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1664
larry_toda@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com