Fame and glory await

At most companies, printed circuit board designers don’t have to worry about deflecting the attention, fame and glory. But there’s a contest that gives PCB designers their day in the sun, and that’s likely to be a cool day.

Mentor Graphics Corp. this week sent out the call for entries for its annual Technology Leadership Awards competition, which recognizes excellence in PCB design. If you think the fame that comes from this is fleeting, think again. It’s the 23rd year that Mentor’s sponsored the contest. That level of support doesn’t continue unless there’s a fair amount of activity from the international pool of designers.

If you want to enter, here’s the basic info. Entry data includes parameters of the design such as the number of layers, components, nets, etc. Screen shots are a good element to send in, CCZ or PDF outputs are good alternatives.

From the sound of the instructions, sending original design databases is a black mark that will not help your chances. Mentor’s Website includes a CADCAM Extractor that will pull many aspects of the design data from your software.

Entrants will be able to submit designs in any of six categories. They are: consumer electronics and handheld; industrial control, instrumentation, security and medical; military and aerospace, computers, blade and servers and memory systems; telecom, network controllers and line cards and transportation and automotive

Many of the judges will be familiar to those who regularly follow IPC activities. They include Happy Holden, retired CTO of Foxconn Advanced Technology; Gary Ferrari, technical support director at FTG Circuits; Pete Waddell, president of UP Media, publisher of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly Magazine; Andy Kowalewski, senior interconnect designer at AdvantagePCB; and Rick Hartley, senior principal engineer for the Avionics Division of L-3 Communications.

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