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Mentor Graphics Supports Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi in Electronic Design Education

IASI, Romania, December 5, 2008 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced an extension of its university program to the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi (TU Iasi) in Romania. Under the auspices of the company’s Higher Education Program (HEP), Mentor Graphics is supporting a new microelectronics development laboratory equipped by semiconductor supplier Infineon Technologies by donating more than $20M worth of electronic design automation (EDA) software and support. This will enable students of TU Iasi to graduate with in-depth knowledge of the latest methodologies for functional verification and field-programmable gate array (FGPA) design and analysis.

“We want to expand our academic programs and prepare students fully for the needs of a global economy in the 21st century,” said Prof. Dr. Ion Bogdan, Dean of the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi. “With Infineon’s and Mentor Graphics’ donation of state-of-the-art hardware and software, along with support and training, TU Iasi is able to educate our students in leading-edge design methodologies that will enable them to contribute both academically and practically to the development of Romania and the electronics industry in the region.”

“Infineon is happy to have Mentor Graphics as the first EDA partner in our Universities projects and we welcome their initiative to support our activities,” said Thomas Simonis, Managing Director of the Design Center of Infineon Technologies Romania. “Romania attracted us with its commitment to building a skilled and educated workforce that will cultivate world-class engineers. Getting young engineers well-acquainted with the latest semiconductor technologies, products and practical know-how not typically imparted in electronics studies further strengthens Romania’s and Europe’s leading role among the world’s technology development regions in the semiconductor industry.”

"Investment in the electronics industries of emerging regions depends on having highly talented engineers skilled in the latest and most relevant electronic design methodologies," said Ian Burgess, development manager for Mentor’s Higher Education Program. "Through this collaboration with Infineon, one of our major customers, and Gheorghe Asachi TU Iasi, one of the leading educational institutions in the region, we are able to ensure that graduates are proficient in these state-of-the-art methodologies and ready to contribute to the growing electronics market in Romania."

About Mentor’s Higher Education Program
Mentor Graphics' Higher Education Program provides leading edge design tools and support to universities and colleges for classroom instruction and academic research to ensure that engineering graduates enter into the industry proficient in state-of-the-art tools and methodologies. Established in 1985, the Higher Education Program develops long term relationships with engineering colleges and universities around the world, and currently has more than 1,100 member colleges in 49 countries.

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 $850 million and employs approximately 4,450 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Coxe
Mentor Graphics
503-685-1940
kim_coxe@mentor.com

Carsten Elgert
Mentor Graphics Munich
49-89-57096-344
carsten_elgert@mentor.com

 
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