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Mentor Graphics Collaborates with India's RV-VLSI Design Center for Higher Education Program

Wilsonville, OREGON and Bangalore, INDIA, July 24, 2007 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, continued its commitment to educate tomorrow's engineers and technology leaders by announcing a joint collaboration with RV-VLSI Design Center in Bangalore, India. Under the auspices of its Higher Education Program, Mentor Graphics will provide the Center with leading-edge design tools for classroom instruction and academic research, by donating a complete suite of electronic design automation (EDA) tools. This donation, worth over US$20 million, will enable students to gain proficiency in VLSI (very-large-scale integration) design and other emerging nanotechnology challenges such as design for manufacturability.

"This strategic relationship with Mentor Graphics will enable us to train a new breed of technology specialists," said Mr. M. K. Panduranga Setty, president, Rashtreeya Shikshana Samithi Trust (RSST). “Educating students and researchers on how to work most effectively with industry-leading electronic design tools will ensure industry-proficient engineers and accelerate the growth of India's already growing electronic industry.”

“Access to Mentor technology will greatly benefit our students,” said Venkatesh Prasad, CEO, RV-VLSI Design Center. "Working on industry standard technologies and platforms will enhance the learning experience and make them industry-ready”

“India has become a powerhouse for the world’s electronics industry, fueled by its track record of producing highly skilled engineers,” said Ian Burgess, development manager for Mentor’s Higher Education Program. “Schools that incorporate leading design methodologies and tools into their academic programs provide a valuable service to both their students and the industry as a whole. Students with experience in the latest technologies have a distinct advantage in the industry. And as the market in India grows, electronics companies will have access to new productive graduates who can make a key contribution from day one.”

About Mentor’s Higher Education Program
The Mentor Graphics Higher Education Program (HEP) 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. For more information, please visit the HEP website: http://www.mentor.com/company/higher_ed/index.cfm

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 $800 million and employs approximately 4,200 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

About RV-VLSI Design Center
Rashtreeya Shikshana Samithi Trust (RSST), established in 1940, is the name behind the reputed RV Group of Institutions, one of the foremost providers of quality education in the state of Karnataka, India. RSST manages 24 educational institutions and has taken the initiative to establish the RV-VLSI Design Center in Jayanagar, Bangalore. The primary mission of this center is to impart industry centric advanced programs in VLSI to the vast available talent pool in India, creating a steady stream of professionals who are qualified to join the workforce as effective design team members in semiconductor industries. The center is equipped with the latest in computing technology and EDA software and provides 24x7 access to the design laboratories to facilitate a flexible learning schedule. For more information please visit: www.rv-vlsi.com or call 011-9180-40--RV-VLSI (011-9180-40-78-8574)

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

For more information:

Sarah Bartash
Mentor Graphics
(503) 685-0443
sarah_bartash@mentor.com