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Mentor Graphics SystemVision Wins NI LabVIEW Award for Platform Extension

WILSONVILLE, Ore. September 1, 2011 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced today that its SystemVision® conneXion™ (SVX) collaboration environment received the National Instrument’s LabVIEW Add-on of the Year Award for platform extension. The LabVIEW Add-on of the Year awards recognize products that have delivered innovative solutions to the marketplace, enabling advances in engineering and scientific applications through a graphical system design approach with LabVIEW system design software. These awards are presented to developers who have created exceptional add-ons or apps in the areas of: Test, Industrial and Embedded, Community, VI Library, Platform Extension, and Innovation.

"We are very pleased to recognize SystemVision conneXion from Mentor Graphics for the 2011 LabVIEW Add-on of the Year, in the Platform Extension category. This integration allows cross-disciplinary engineering teams to bridge the gap between design and test, resulting in shortened design cycles," said Jeff Meisel, LabVIEW Partner Program Manager, National Instruments.

The combined solution of SystemVision conneXion and LabVIEW enables test program development to proceed without waiting for physical prototypes, allowing test programmers to deliver ready-to-go product tests.

“Mentor Graphics has long recognized the need to move test integration up in the design process. Combining the power of our virtual execution environment with LabVIEW allows us to provide just such a solution to our customers,” said Darrell Teegarden, Director, System Modeling and Analysis Business Unit, Mentor Graphics. “The SystemVision conneXion environment makes it easy to test the design implementation virtually. SVX provides a virtual prototype of the entire system, while LabVIEW implements test program development and execution.”

SystemVision enables the system designer to model systems and components with a virtual prototype and use simulation to perform the critical analyses of electrical, mechanical, thermal, and hydraulic sub-systems needed to help ensure successful mechatronic system design. SystemVision is based on a mixed-signal, multi-physics modeling language—HDL-AMS—which, as a vendor-independent standard language, enables efficient information exchange between system developers and suppliers.

The SystemVision conneXion client for LabVIEW software allows designers to develop their testbench against a virtual prototype based upon their specification, and then use the exact same testbench in LabVIEW on physical prototypes. This process allows test bench development to be done in parallel with system development and prototyping, speeding time to market and time to certification.

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics and SystemVision are registered trademarks and conneXion is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. LabVIEW, National Instruments and NI are trademarks of National Instruments. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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