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Mentor Graphics Focuses on User Experience with Latest CHS Release

Wilsonville, OR, July 17, 2007 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced availability of the latest release of the CHS™ product suite, version 2007.1. CHS is Mentor’s flagship product supporting vehicle electrical system design and wire harness engineering. Along with enhanced performance, CHS version 2007.1 focuses particularly on providing enhanced user experience.

The new release fully supports Mentor’s InfoHub user advice capability. In addition to providing the normal context-sensitive help function, InfoHub allows users immediate access to extensive supporting material such as Mentor’s TechNotes advice library and “how to” videos. Customers can also incorporate their own design process documentation into InfoHub.

The CHS product can be deployed into multiple operating environments (Windows, Unix and Linux). At version 2007.1 the software is supplied with standard Windows look and feel together with re-designed icons. This provides a familiar, intuitive environment for new users. The previous Java Metal look and feel can optionally be selected.

The CHS product version 2007.1 delivers major performance improvements together with many additional ease of use enhancements. For example, multiple signal / wire connections can now be implemented via a single user action. Memory management is also improved, simplifying IT demands.

The CHS product version 2007.1 also delivers important new functionality across the entire toolset. For example Capital Integrator, CHS’s powerful automated system integration tool, now supports multiple design engineers working concurrently resulting in increased productivity and organizational flexibility.

Nick Smith, product marketing director for Mentor’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division, said, “Many new customers are deploying CHS tools around the world, so to provide the best possible user experience we have invested significant resources to enhance the user experience in CHS version 2007.1 while continuing to extend the power of CHS’s functionality.”

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, semiconductor and automotive companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. The company has more than 70 offices worldwide, including Detroit, Munich and Tokyo. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark and CHS is a 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:
James Price
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1778
james_price@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

 
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