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NXP Adopts Mentor Graphics’ Veloce Hardware Emulator to Accelerate Time-To-Market for their HDTV and Set-Top-Box Chip Sets

WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 15, 2009 – Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT), the leader in high-performance system verification solutions, today announced that NXP, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, has adopted the Veloce® platform for the complete system-level verification of its next generation of digital Systems-on-Chip (SoC) for High-Definition TV (HDTV) and Set-Top-Box (STB).

NXP chose Veloce due to its superior debug capabilities, performance, accuracy, and extensive portfolio of iSolveTM vertical market solutions for the verification of digital standards associated with HDTV and STB.

“NXP continues to drive system-level integration to provide advanced solutions to our customer,” said Shanthi Padmanabhan, vice president and innovation and technology manager of the home business unit, NXP Semiconductors. “Pre- and post-silicon testing of our SoCs requires a massive number of verification cycles to validate functionality and avoid design flaws. The use of Veloce for hardware-assisted verification has played an important role for NXP to achieve high speed verification and testing required. This ultimately enables us to beat our tight schedules in a highly-competitive market. NXP is the first to introduce a global single chip digital TV platform on 45nm, TV550, which enables high end TV features in mainstream TVs.”

The Veloce platform is the industry’s fastest dual-mode Accelerator/Emulator available, providing MHz performance for both transaction-based verification and traditional in-circuit emulation (ICE). With an extensive portfolio of vertical market solutions, the Veloce platform is the platform of choice for multimedia, networking, wireless, and embedded systems applications.

“We have worked closely with NXP for many years to provide the best possible emulation solution that meets NXP’s needs and addresses the verification challenges faced in HDTV and HD-STB designs,” said Eric Selosse, Mentor Emulation Division vice president and general manager. “We are delighted that NXP continues to benefit from our latest-generation, hardware-assisted verification solutions, and that they have been so successful with the latest emulation solutions in a series of digital TV and STB SoC designs. With the use of Veloce at NXP for hardware-assisted verification, we have shown the value of our technology and support to NXP.”

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 $800 million and employs approximately 4,500 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 Veloce are registered trademarks and iSolve is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company and/or product names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners).

For more information, please contact:

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

Carole Thurman
Mentor Graphics
503.685.4716
carole_thurman@mentor.com

 
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