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Mentor Graphics PCB Design Investment Strategy and Execution Results in 50% Worldwide Market Share

Wilsonville, Ore, April 11, 2011 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that, according to the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Consortium Market Statistics Service Report for 2010, the company has achieved a 50% worldwide market share in PCB design solutions. For over 12 years, Mentor Graphics® has been consistently executing on a vision and investment strategy to bring the most advanced design capabilities to the industry. Today, Mentor is supplying industry-unique capabilities that extend beyond the design of the PCB and integrate the multiple engineering disciplines necessary for complete product development and delivery.

“Our continued R&D and strategic investments in advanced systems design technologies, far exceeding that of other suppliers, has resulted in a gradual increase in our revenues and market share,” stated Henry Potts, vice president and general manager of Mentor’s Systems Design Division. “The electronics industry requires these advanced technologies to support their PCB product development and manufacturing processes and Mentor is the only supplier seriously investing. This positive cycle continues, as the more revenues and market share we obtain, the more we can continue to invest in future design solutions to the benefit of our customers.”

R&D and strategic investments in systems design have been a major focus for Mentor Graphics. The result has been industry-unique technologies that address users’ most advanced design and manufacturing needs including:

  • Mechanical analysis supporting thermal analysis of electronic products including the IC package, the PCB, and the complete system
  • The expansion of Mentor’s capabilities to support the complete design-through-manufacturing process including design for manufacturability, new product introduction (NPI) to manufacturing, and PCB manufacturing process execution optimization
  • The HyperLynx® PI (power integrity) for AC and DC analysis of complex power distribution networks on high-end products
  • Major enhancements to the Expedition® Enterprise platform in support of advanced technology product design by mid-sized to large and global enterprises
  • Best-in-class desktop PCB technologies with PADS® software, tailored to meet the design needs of individual users

“In 2010 we conducted and published a research project entitled Why Printed Circuit Board Design Matters to the Executive,” stated Michelle Boucher, research analyst for Aberdeen Group. “This study highlighted several PCB design best practices that enabled electronics companies to achieve best-in-class status by meeting their aggressive business goals. The design capabilities offered by Mentor Graphics support these best practices.”

Of particular note in the EDA Consortium report is Mentor’s market share in North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific with 60%, 57% and 50% respectively. Japan was the only market where Mentor did not show the largest PCB design market share but did grow their market share by more than 75% from 2009 to 2010. The impressive growth in Japan is due to Mentor’s emphasis on this important market with increased dedicated sales and support targeted at major enterprise companies.

About the EDA Consortium
The EDA Consortium is the international association of companies that provide design tools and services that enable engineers to create the world’s electronic products used for communications, computer, space technology, medical, automotive, industrial equipment, and consumer electronics markets among others. For more information about the EDA Consortium and the Market Statistics Service Report, visit

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 $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics, Mentor, HyperLynx, Expedition, and PADS 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:
Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics

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