Mentor Graphics has issued a call for entries into its 23rd annual Technology Leadership Awards competition, continuing its tradition of recognising excellence in printed circuit board (PCB) design. Started in 1988, this programme recognises engineers and CAD designers who use Mentor Graphics 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, 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.
This year, entrants will be able to submit their design accomplishments in any of six 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.
Winners will be named for each category, as well as a best overall design recipient. 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.
The deadline for submitting entries is 30 September 2011; judging will start 1 October and winners will be announced 17 November on a worldwide web broadcast. Entrants can apply online at www.mentor.com/go/tla. This web page also has a video from the judges with helpful hints on how to win.