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Accelerated Technology and Beatnik Help Developers Create High-Quality Audio for Mobile Devices

MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 4, 2006 - Accelerated Technology®, a Mentor Graphics division (Nasdaq: MENT), today announced that Beatnik's mobileBAE software now supports the Nucleus® PLUS Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). This provides embedded developers with an optimized, pre-integrated software product that helps them rapidly create high-quality audio content for mobile devices.

Recent trends in mobile music have seen ring tones and mobile game sounds evolve from simple beeps to high-polyphonic MIDI ring tones and high-fidelity recorded music. Now the Nucleus PLUS-based system can use Beatnik's mobileBAE to support all types of mobile audio, giving both device manufacturers and application developers the tools they need to keep up with current mobile music trends.

"Beatnik's pre-integrated mobileBAE software enables Nucleus OS developers to quickly add the exciting dimension of sound effects and music to their applications as well as providing handset manufacturers with a low risk solution for delivering high fidelity audio in their devices," said Jeremy Copp, chief sales officer of Beatnik. "We are excited to partner with Accelerated Technology to make available our technology to developers."

"Beatnik's mobileBAE software provides a complete, turnkey audio framework for our Nucleus RTOS," said Glen Johnson, product marketing manager, Accelerated Technology Division, Mentor Graphics. "The combination makes it easy for a device manufacturer to utilize this software for high-quality, low-cost ring tone and other audio support, providing faster development time to incorporate today's audio requirements."

Two demonstrations of mobileBAE for the Nucleus RTOS can be downloaded from here. The demos include a simple command-line player application and a user interface (UI)-based player application that can be built by using the Nucleus GRAFIX software. Both demos include mobileBAE, a wavetable and test content. The demos are ready to use on an ARM Integrator board.

Beatnik's small footprint, scalable software engine supports the real-time synthesis of high-quality polyphonic audio. As a complete audio subsystem, mobileBAE incorporates a synthesizer, mixer, sample rate converter, linear audio player and support for MIDI, SP-MIDI, Mobile XMF, DLS, RMF, and WAV file formats. The mobileBAE software for the Nucleus RTOS meets mobile gaming requirements, especially for Java-based games requiring JSR-135 and JSR-234 compatibility. The software also supports 3D audio and other post processing effects.

The Nucleus FILE file management software is also available for developers using the Nucleus RTOS and mobileBAE software.

Pricing and Availability

The Nucleus embedded software is sold with source code and without royalty fees. Licenses for the Nucleus software begin at $12,495. For more information, please contact Accelerated Technology at 800-468-6853.

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 over $700 million and employs approximately 3,950 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: http://www.mentor.com/.

Accelerated Technology, a division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is located in Mobile, Alabama and has engineering sites, sales offices and distributors worldwide. As a leading provider of royalty-free, embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) software, Accelerated Technology helps developers accelerate product time-to-market in a wide range of embedded device applications. Its comprehensive Nucleus RTOS includes software design tools, evaluation, test and verification software, kernels, middleware and Eclipse-based development tools. For more information, please email us at embedded_info@mentor.com.

Mentor Graphics, Accelerated Technology, and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Tanveer
Mentor Graphics/Accelerated Technology
251.208.3400 ext 3415
jennifer_tanveer@mentor.com

Sonia Harrison
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com