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Mentor Graphics Improves Electrical Design Flows by Strengthening Integration between CHS™ and Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA V5

WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 9, 2005 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced further integration capabilities between CHS™ (Capital{reg} Harness Systems), its comprehensive electrical design-to-build flow, and Dassault Systemes' CATIA{reg} V5 MCAD suite. Specifically, a new data bridge linking CATIA V5 with Mentor's widely used Capital Engineer™ product is now available. This new data bridge complements the recently released bridges linking CATIA V5 with Mentor's Capital Logic™ and Capital Integrator™ wiring design products. Taken together, these bridges dramatically reduce electrical system design time and errors via the integration of electrical, mechanical and harness data within a single flow.

The new Capital Engineer CATIA V5 Bridge enables users to extract mechanical harness data from CATIA V5. This information is subsequently merged with electrical data within Capital Engineer so that complete wiring harnesses can be developed and validated. This capability extends the integration provided by the previously announced Capital Logic and Capital Integrator CATIA V5 bridges. These provide bi-directional wiring data exchange, with cross-probing and object-reconciliation capabilities built into the V5 environment so that electromechanical designs can be easily visualized.

"Design of these bridges, which provide significant benefit to joint customers of CHS and CATIA V5, has been facilitated by our participation in the CAA V5 Adopter program managed by Spatial Corporation, a subsidiary of Dassault Syst?mes," commented Nick Smith, product marketing director for Mentor Graphics Integrated Electrical Systems Division (IESD).

More information on the Capital Harness Systems product suite is available by visiting

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 $700 million and employs approximately 3,850 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:

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For more information, please contact:

James Price
Mentor Graphics
+44 161 926 1637

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics