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New Mentor Graphics Nucleus USB Class Driver Supports Firmware Upgrades

WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 13, 2007 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced a new class driver for the Nucleus® USB software, supporting the Nucleus Operating System (OS). The Nucleus USB Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) class driver allows embedded developers to utilize Universal Serial Bus (USB) to enable consumers to upgrade and improve embedded software on existing devices.

By adding the Nucleus USB DFU class driver to USB-based devices, firmware can be passed from a host (most likely a PC or laptop) to the target device, where the older firmware can then be updated to the latest version. This allows developers to continue improving software in existing products, thereby extending a product’s lifespan.

“Easily updating deployed products in the field has been a problem our customers have reported for years. Taking advantage of USB solves this problem by providing a connection type consumers are familiar with,” said Glen Johnson, marketing director, Embedded Systems Division, Mentor Graphics. “The Nucleus USB DFU class driver will help our customers easily update their products, keeping those devices in use for longer periods of time. The Nucleus USB DFU software illustrates our dedication to bringing top-of-the-line support for USB protocols by adding to our already vast portfolio.”

Pricing and Availability
The Nucleus embedded software is sold in source code format and without royalty fees. Available now, licenses for the Nucleus USB software start at U.S. $17,495 and licenses for the class drivers begin at U.S. $3,495. For more information, please contact Mentor Graphics’ embedded systems division at 800-468-6853 or embedded_info@mentor.com .

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 $800 million and employs approximately 4,250 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

Mentor Graphics 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
251.208.3400 ext 3415
jennifer_tanveer@mentor.com

Sonia Harrison
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com

 
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