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Mentor Graphics Opens Design Laboratory at Russian University

WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 20, 2006 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced the opening of a new Mentor-sponsored electronic design laboratory at the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET) in Zelenograd, Russia. MIET is one of the leading Russian universities preparing specialists in electronic systems design, and the new center will train students to use leading-edge electronic design tools.

"This collaboration with Mentor Graphics will enable the training of a new generation of technology specialists," said Professor Yuri Chaplygin, MIET rector. "Teaching students how to work most effectively with industry-leading electronic design tools ensures a workforce well-prepared to advance Russia's growing electronics industry."

Mentor's contribution to MIET includes software and hardware, training materials and scholarship funding. The new center plans to start offering courses in September focused on printed circuit board/system design and hardware description language (HDL) design and verification. Later courses will address mixed-signal custom integrated circuit (IC) design and verification.

Mentor Graphics design tools were provided under the auspices of the company's Higher Education Program, which makes available Mentor's leading-edge design tools to colleges and universities for classroom instruction and academic research. This program, which has been in existence since 1985, helps maintain a skilled electronics workforce by facilitating engineering graduates' proficiency with state-of-the-art tools and techniques.

"The better prepared new engineering graduates are, the better for the industry," said Hanns Windele, Mentor Graphics vice president for Europe. "As an EDA technology leader, we firmly support collaborations with centers of academic excellence such as MIET."

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 4,000 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:

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Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics