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Mentor Graphics Calibre Extracted View Interface Completes Integration to Cadence Design Creation Environment

WILSONVILLE, Ore., August 30, 2005 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that the Calibre{reg} physical verification and extraction tools are now fully integrated into the Cadence design creation environment. By extending Calibre Interactive to include the Calibre extracted view, designers working on analog and analog/mixed-signal chips can now perform post-layout analysis and simulation for accurate nanometer silicon modeling.

It also allows designers to adopt a single physical verification and parasitic extraction flow using the market leading Calibre tool suite, which includes Calibre DRC (design rule check), Calibre LVS (layout vs. schematic), Calibre xRC (parasitic extraction) and Calibre RVE (results viewing environment), all accessible through the Calibre Interactive invocation GUI. Designers can cross probe results, debug quickly and easily, and locate and simulate parasitics using Calibre's extracted view output format. The pairing of Calibre LVS and Calibre xRC is especially significant, as these tools extract actual device parameters and interconnect parasitics for back-annotation to the source schematic. This results in an electrical model that faithfully reflects the circuit's physical design and ensures the accuracy of subsequent post-layout simulation and analysis.

"The combination of Calibre tools and TSMC design kits gives us best-in-class options for building analog/mixed-signal circuits for our sensor products," said Jeanne Hermsen, senior technical staff member for the Imaging Systems Division (ISD) in Agilent Technologies' Semiconductor Products Group. "Because Calibre is the sign-off standard at most foundries, we have a set of tools that is always qualified and current."

"Design teams adopting Calibre reap several benefits, all of which result in a saving of time, effort and money," said Joe Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor's design-to-silicon division. "The integration of Calibre in Agilent's image sensor design creation environment, gives their designers easy access to a streamlined suite of tools validated for advanced manufacturing processes."

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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. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

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Carole Thurman
Mentor Graphics
503.685.4716
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Sonia Harrison
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com