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Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis Tool Family Supports Altera’s Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX FPGA Devices

WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 9, 2009 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its Precision® Synthesis family of products supports Altera Corporation’s 40 nanometer (nm) Stratix® IV GT and Arria® II GX field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX FPGAs expand Altera’s family of transceiver FPGA solutions to address a wide range of applications. Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis product offers immediate synthesis support for Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX FPGAs, allowing customers to leverage Altera’s latest transceiver technology and quickly achieve design closure.

"Mentor Graphics' software delivers customers the technology necessary to obtain high quality results with our devices," said Danny Biran, senior vice president of product and corporate marketing at Altera Corporation. "With its ability to manage advanced, leading-edge 40nm FPGA architectures, Precision Synthesis is well suited for our portfolio of FPGAs with embedded transceivers."

Stratix IV GT and Arria II GX FPGAs feature integrated high-speed transceivers well suited for a variety of applications such as communications systems, high-end test equipment, and military communications equipment. Altera and Mentor Graphics continue to work closely together to ensure comprehensive design synthesis support for Altera’s latest state-of-the-art technology. Mentor’s Precision Synthesis support for these devices is available to customers now.

“Altera’s FPGAs with transceivers continue to enable the development of next-generation, high-end applications in several markets, including 40-Gigabit and 100-Gigabit Ethernet systems,” stated Simon Bloch, vice president and general manager, Mentor Graphics design and synthesis division. “Our commitment to high-performance synthesis for Altera’s latest transceiver FPGA products will greatly benefit our mutual customers in developing leading-edge applications for the telecommunications market.”

Precision Synthesis: The Centerpiece of Mentor Graphics FPGA Flow
The Precision Synthesis tool forms the centerpiece of the Mentor Graphics FPGA flow — the industry's most comprehensive vendor-independent solution for FPGA design. It’s the only synthesis tool which offers true push-button, multi-vendor physical synthesis for achieving the best quality of results. With comprehensive language support, including SystemVerilog, advanced ASIC prototyping flow and automatic incremental synthesis, the Precision Synthesis tool is uniquely suited to handle today’s high-end FPGAs. The Precision Synthesis tool features award-winning design analysis capability, allowing designers to cross-probe between multiple views as well as perform interactive static timing "what-if" analyses. The Precision Synthesis tool reduces design iterations, and enables faster, more predictable completion of designs, while delivering high quality of results.

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 Precision 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
503-685-1664
larry_toda@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

 
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