Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the call-for-entries of its 24th annual Technology Leadership Awards (TLA) competition, continuing its tradition of recognizing excellence in PCB design. Started in 1988, this program is the longest-running competition of its kind in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. It recognizes engineers and CAD designers who use the Mentor Graphics(R) innovative technology to address today's complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.
Prominent experts in the PCB industry will judge the contest, including: Happy Holden, director of electronics technologies, Gentex Corporation; 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. Also this year an honorary judge will be included: Dr. Russell F. Henke, high-tech business consultant since 1996 and EDACafe.com contributing editor since 2003.
"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, while recognizing the designers and their contributions to the PCB industry."
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; and
"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."
Winners will be named for each category as well as a Best Overall Design recipient. The timeframe for submitting entries is from June 11, 2012, through July 31, 2012. Entrants can apply online at www.mentor.com/go/tla.