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Mentor Graphics Provides Another PCB Design Kit for Next Generation Intel Chipset

WILSONVILLE, Ore., Sept. 16, 2005 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design solutions, today announced it has designed its latest drop-in core layout (DCL) kit for customers using Mentor Graphics® Expedition™ Series to implement Intel's next-generation chipsets, Intel® 945G/P and 955X Express Chipsets. This DCL kit is a follow-on to the Intel® 915G/P and 925XE Express Chipset kits and provides an Intel reference motherboard design. The kit integrates the central processing unit (CPU), chipset and other motherboard components for Expedition Series customers, enabling personal computer motherboard original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to shorten their design times, optimize performance and improve quality.

"With this latest reference design kit, Mentor continues to provide our customers the tools necessary to work with Intel's advanced technology," said Dan Boncella, director of marketing, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics.

As microprocessor speeds continue to increase, it is becoming more complex to meet interconnect timing and signal integrity constraints when placing and routing the critical components, while also minimizing the number of layers and overall size of the PCB. Intel is addressing this challenge by providing a highly specialized PCB layout team to create and test the layout and then provide the layout as a package (DCL) to their customers. The result of this is that motherboard manufacturers can now devote all their time on the value added areas of the board, such as the PCI bus, audio components and slower speed peripheral buses. Intel expects that OEMs and ODMs can experience time savings up to eight weeks by using this DCL.

The 945 and 955 reference design kits are available through Intel and their local sales force. Customers can contact for more information.

About Expedition

The Expedition Series offers advanced functionality with ease-of-use for the creation of today's most complex PCB designs. The Expedition Series features the industry's best place and route environment, powered by AutoActive® technology. The scalable product configuration of the Expedition Series allows designers to choose the right level of automation for their design needs. Expedition's tightly integrated systems design environment features a common database and common user interfaces and rules to ensure data integrity is maintained from concept to manufacturing.

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 $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 and AutoActive are registered trademarks and Expedition is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Debra Layton
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics