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Mentor Graphics Retains Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch To Advise On Unsolicited Offer From Cadence Design Systems

WILSONVILLE, Ore., June 30, 2008 -- Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that its Board of Directors has retained Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch as financial advisors with respect to Cadence Design Systems, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: CDNS) unsolicited written proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of Mentor at a price of $16.00 per share. In addition, Latham & Watkins LLP is acting as legal advisor to Mentor Graphics.


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 $850 million and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.


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