Newbury, UK A UK printed circuit board designer beat entries from all over the world to take best overall design and best design for the data communications category in the 18th Mentor Graphics PCB Technology Leadership Awards.
Steven Tipping of Agere's Computing Connectivity division, winning PCB entry was the WaveLAN WL1141 PHY module, combining RF and baseband functions for Wi-Fi 802.11b.
Mark Paraskeva of Mentor Graphics Western Europe, said, “Steven Tipping's entry is a fine example of why UK engineers win such a substantial share of European electronics design projects. Over the years we have seen extraordinary growth in both the quality and the complexity of the award entries for what I believe has a strong claim to being the EDA industry's most prestigious PCB design competition and it's always a thrill when UK engineering shows the rest of the world a clean pair of heels.”
Tipping, said, “With Agere's PHY module, developers can easily incorporate Wi-Fi into their PC and consumer electronics products without the background required in radio design. The flexibility of the Mentor Graphics Board Station solution, combined with Agere's wireless design expertise, allowed us to be the first in the industry to develop a single-package, RF and baseband multi-chip module targeting wireless networking applications.”
The longest running competition of its kind for PCB designers in the EDA industry, Mentor's Technology Leadership Awards program is open to any designs created with Mentor Graphics PCB solutions This year's competition attracted submissions from countries around the world in seven categories representing a variety of fields: computer; consumer electronics & peripherals; data communications; industrial control, instrumentation, security & medical; military & aerospace; telecommunications; and transportation & automotive as well as best design overall.