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Mentor Graphics Launches 2006 Technology Leadership Awards Program

Wilsonville, OR., November 28, 2006 — Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) designer excellence, Mentor Graphics® Corporation announced the kickoff of its annual Technology Leadership Awards contest. This contest was started by Mentor in 1989 and is the longest running competition of its kind for PCB designers in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. It recognizes engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor’s innovative technology applications to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products. The contest will be judged by prominent experts in the PCB design and manufacturing industry. Judges include Happy Holden, Gary Farrari, Pete Waddell and Rick Hartley.

"I'm pleased to see Mentor's continued support for this program,” stated Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer, L-3 Communications, Avionics Systems, Inc. “PCB designers are constantly facing new challenges and finding innovative solutions to 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 industry."

This year, entrants will be able to submit their design accomplishments in any of six categories representing a wide variety of industries:

  • PC computers and peripherals
  • Consumer electronics and handhelds
  • Industrial control, instrumentation, security and medical
  • Military and aerospace
  • Telecom switches, network servers, base stations and computer mainframes
  • Transportation and automotive

“Mentor Graphics is committed to the PCB systems design community, and our PCB Technology Leadership Awards contest 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 program continues to attract the most skilled users of our PCB systems design tools and Mentor expects this year’s contest to be bigger than ever with entries from virtually all the major electronics countries in the world.”

Winners will be selected from each category as well as Best Overall Design. The contest starts on November 15th and runs until January 19, 2006. Entrants can access the online form at

About the Technology Leadership Awards Contest
Mentor’s Technology Leadership Award contest is open to any designs created with Mentor’s PCB solutions, including the Board Station®, Expedition™ Enterprise and PADS® design flows. Judging will be 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. Judging will start in February and then winners announced at the PCB Design Conference West in March, 2007.

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 $750 million and employs approximately 4,100 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics and PADS are registered trademarks and Expedition and Board Station are 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:
Anne Cirkel
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics