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Mentor Graphics Announces 21st Annual PCB Technology Leadership Awards Program Winners

WILSONVILLE, Ore., September 10, 2009 – Continuing in its tradition of promoting and recognizing Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced winners of its 21st 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.

“The complexity of the designs submitted represents how rapidly the electronics industry is progressing and how designers are leveraging their Mentor tools to implement innovative approaches with advanced PCB technologies,” said Pete Waddell, editor of Printed Circuit Design and Fab magazine, and president of UP Media Group. “The fact that 89% of the entries had a high percentage of high-speed nets, and 44% of entries used advanced PCB fabrication technologies like HDI/microvias are examples of pushing the envelope to develop products that are more competitive."

Industry experts judged entries from 17 countries in five categories representing a wide variety of industries. 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 Group and publisher of Printed Circuit Designs & Fab magazine; Andy Kowalewski, senior interconnect designer, AdvantagePCB; and Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer, avionics division of L-3 Communications.

2009 Technology Leadership Award Winners

Category: Best Overall Design
Company Name: Tellabs, USA - Using the Expedition® Enterprise, HyperLynx® SI products
Design Team: Steven Everly, Stephen Mihal

Category: Consumer Electronics & Handhelds
Company Name: Panasonic, Japan – Using the Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx SI products
Design Team: Takayuki Hinokidani, Shuhei Osako

  • Runner Up: Vestel Electronic, Turkey – Using the Expedition Enterprise product
    Designer: Aysen Sicimci Ozcan

Category: Industrial Control, Instrumentation, Security & Medical
Company Name: CiBoard Electronic, Germany – Using the PADS® and Expedition Enterprise products
Designer: Michael Schwitzer

  • Runner Up: Oregano Systems, Austria – Using the Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx SI products
    Designer: Helmut Mayrhofer

Category: Military & Aerospace
Company Name: GE Fanuc, UK – Using the Expedition Enterprise product
Design Team: Nigel Knighton, Dave Shield, Jim Rose, Stuart Connolly, Zeshan Hussein

  • Runners Up (tied)
    • General Dynamics, Canada – Using the Board Station® XE, HyperLynx PI products
      Design Team: René Allard, Cristian Filip
    • DRS, Canada – Using the Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx SI products
      Design Team: Robert Turzo, Andre Demers

Category: Computers, Blade & Servers, Memory Systems
Company Name: Kontron, Canada – Using the Expedition Enterprise product
Designer: Benoit Mainville

  • Runner Up: SiennaECAD, India – Using the PADS product.
    Design Team: Savita Ganjigatti, Viveka MP, Dinesh GT

Category: Telecom, Network Controllers, Line cards
Company Name: Alcatel-Lucent, US – Using the Expedition Enterprise product
Design Team: Susan Plul, Max Ko

  • Runners Up (tied):
    • RAD Data Comm, Israel – Using the Expedition Enterprise, HyperLynx SI products.
      Design Team: Dorit Leizer, Olga Goykhberg, Svetlana Zlotnik, Sharona Manasherov, Didier Halimi
    • Rancore Technologies, India – Using the PADS, HyperLynx SI/PI products.
      Design team: Ruchi Johari, Anjan Roy, Ganesh Singh, Pramod Singh, Vishal Abrol

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 about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics, Board Station, Expedition, HyperLynx and PADS are registered trademarks 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

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics