Continuing its tradition of promoting and recognizing printed circuit board (PCB) design excellence, Mentor Graphics Corporation announced winners of its 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 designers who use innovative methods and design tools to address today’s complex PCB systems design challenges and produce industry-leading products.
The program has been awarding worthy recipients for 24 years, making it one of the longest programs in our industry. It has taken on greater relevance during this century when Mentor became the largest seller of PCB products by revenue. Its tw leading products are Boardstation which it developed in house, and Expedition which it obtained with the VeriBest acquisition.
There are a total of 13 winners in 7 categories. Four of the winners were based in the USA meaning that a bit over 69% of the winners were outside of the US giving credence once more that cheaper, but often technically superior, manpower is contributing to level the competitive field even in the area of high technology. Economic forces are stronger than politics, no matter whose political point of view one happens to believe.
Eight of the winners used Expedition Enterprise software while five used Boardstation. In the US only one team used Boardstation, Qualcomm an account not to be messed with. The Samsung team in South Korea also used Boardstation , as did teams in Singapore, Turkey, and Israel. All the European and Chinese teams, as well as the other three US teams, used Expedition Enterprise instead.