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Mentor Graphics Appoints New Vice President

WILSONVILLE, Ore., Sept. 20, 2005 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced the appointment of Arun Arora as vice president and corporate treasurer.

Mr. Arora's career in technology includes, most recently, responsibility for a significant portion of US sales and business development at Verari Systems. Prior to that, he was a senior member of the Corporate Development and Western Area Sales Operations Groups at Sun Microsystems. His role at Sun included responsibility for evaluating acquisitions, minority investments and strategic technology licenses. Prior to Sun, he held positions with companies including Credit Suisse First Boston and Goldman Sachs.

"Arun has a strong portfolio of valuable and diverse skills, and we are very pleased to have him on the Mentor team," said Gregory K. Hinckley, Mentor Graphics president.

Mr. Arora has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from Harvard University.

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 about $700 million and employs approximately 3,900 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:

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Ry Schwark
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics