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Worldwide EDA Tech Forum Series Starts on March 16

WILSONVILLE, Ore., Feb. 14, 2005 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) and its industry partners today announced the start of the worldwide series of 2005 EDA Tech Forumâ„¢ conferences with the first event in Long Beach, California, on March 16. The event held at the Hilton Hotel Long Beach will feature two keynote speakers. Martin Reynolds, vice president and Gartner fellow at Gartner Dataquest, will talk about "Markets, Technologies and Products: Finding the Killer Apps." Larry Irving of the Irving Information Group will discuss "Wireless Growing Pains."

Irving's keynote will explore the key economic and technological trends affecting the evolution of wireless technologies in the United States and abroad. He will also address how the wireless industry is addressing obstacles and challenges, particularly wireless security and reliability. Reynolds will share Gartner's latest semiconductor forecast and suggest where product growth will come from. He will also look at emerging technologies in the wireless and computing space, to understand how businesses and consumers will find value from technology over the next five years.

Technical sessions and hands-on self-paced workshops will address real-life design issues in IC nanometer design, functional verification, integrated system design, and emerging technologies, with presenters from companies such as Altera, Artisan Components now ARM, Chartered Semiconductor, The Mathworks, Mentor Graphics, and standard bodies such as VSIA and Accellera. For further information and to register, go to

The Long Beach forum is the first in a series of 18 technical conferences taking place throughout the world during 2005. The 2004 series attracted over 6,000 engineers. In the United States, other 2005 forums will take place in Dallas, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Boston, Massachusetts; and San Jose, California. International locations include Ottawa, Canada; Dresden, Germany; Reading, UK; Paris, France; Penang, Malaysia; Bangalore and Delhi, India; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. Dates and information on the full series can be found at the EDA Tech Forum website.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $700 million and employs approximately 3,850 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

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For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics

Barbara Rizzatti
Mentor Graphics