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Accelerated Technology Announces New Prototyping Environment for Embedded Developers Using USB

MOBILE, Ala. - Dec. 7, 2004 - Accelerated Technology{reg}, a Mentor Graphics division (NASDAQ: MENT), today announced a new addition to their prototyping product line, the Nucleus{reg} SIM for universal serial bus (USB) software, which provides the Nucleus USB software support in the Nucleus SIMdx prototyping environment. The Nucleus SIM software for USB allows developers to build Nucleus RTOS and Nucleus USB software applications without the need for hardware, giving them an earlier start for software development.

As reduced product development cycles become critical to success, developers need a feature-rich tool that can help them prototype their products and get them to market before the competition. Using the powerful Nucleus SIMdx prototyping tool, developers can quickly and simply prototype their complete embedded system, including the man-machine-interface (MMI), input/output (I/O) and peripherals on a development host such as Windows or Linux.

The Nucleus SIM software for USB includes an application-programming interface (API) for simulating USB hosts and functions. The Nucleus SIM software for USB comes with a demonstration consisting of host-side and client-side (function) mass storage device operations. The Nucleus SIM software for USB is ideal for use in early USB application prototyping, proof of concept, and for evaluating USB system architectural concepts before product hardware is available.

"The introduction of the Nucleus SIM software for USB accelerates projects requiring USB support. Since embedded applications that utilize the Nucleus USB software can now be easily prototyped, a large part of the software can be tested before target hardware is available, helping to bring the embedded designs out on time and on spec," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics.

Pricing and Availability

The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus SIMdx software begin at U.S. $4,995 and licenses for the Nucleus SIM for USB software begin at U.S. $995. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853.

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 $675 million and employs approximately 3,800 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: http://www.mentor.com/.

Accelerated Technology, a Mentor Graphics division, is located in Mobile, Alabama with sales offices and distributors worldwide. By providing embedded systems developers with a focus on service, well-documented source code and industry-leading non-royalty-based Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) software including modeling software, prototyping tools, kernels, middleware and development tools, AT's suite of products shorten time-to-market and provide a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please email us at embedded_info@mentor.com.



Mentor Graphics, Accelerated Technology and Nucleus are registered trademarks 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:

Jennifer Tanveer
Mentor Graphics/Accelerated Technology
251.208.3400 ext 3415
jennifer_tanveer@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com