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Mentor Graphics Introduces Over 140 Enhancements to Capital Harness Systems in version 2005.1

WILSONVILLE, Ore. Aug. 11, 2006 -- Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced availability of release 2005.1 of the Capital Harness Systems™ (CHS) product suite. CHS is a comprehensive end-to-end software toolset for the design, analysis, engineering and production of complicated electrical interconnect systems such as those found on transportation platforms. Users can select from a range of fully integrated tools within the CHS product range.

Mentor Graphics releases a new version of the CHS toolset twice per year. Each new version is available to new customers, and also as an upgrade for existing customers with a valid support contract. The latest release, version 2005.1, contains more than 140 separate enhancements across the various software tools. Some of the highlights include:

  • Preferred component declaration and selection
  • Configurable release behaviors
  • Extended name composition capabilities
  • Support for connector backshells
  • Configurable cross-referencing
  • Flexible electrical analysis scoping
  • Whole vehicle wiring diagram synthesis
  • Layered insulation display
  • Additional cost modeling variables
  • First integration capabilities with UGS TeamCenter Engineering

"Many of the enhancements we've introduced with CHS version 2005.1 have originated from customer requests," says Nick Smith, product marketing director for Mentor's Integrated Electrical Systems Division. "Because we have worked closely with our customers on this, we are confident this release strongly boosts the value to be gained from CHS, whenever any of the various tools in the toolset are deployed."

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 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 and Capital Harness Systems is a trademark of Mentor Graphics. 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
+44 161 926 1637

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics