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Mentor Graphics Reports Preliminary 2006 Results; Fourth Quarter Revenue and Bookings Hit Records

WILSONVILLE, Ore. January 8, 2007 - In anticipation of a presentation at the Ninth Annual Needham & Co. Growth Conference, Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced preliminary fourth quarter 2006 results. Fourth quarter 2006 bookings and revenues will achieve record levels. Revenues will be in excess of $240 million, exceeding the Thomson First Call consensus estimate of $231 million. The company expects to exceed its previous fourth quarter profit guidance.

Three of four product categories set new annual revenue and bookings records, and three product categories also set quarterly revenue and bookings records. The Scalable Verification and New and Emerging categories showed particular strength in both bookings and revenue.

Fourth quarter book-to-bill reached near record levels.

The company emphasized that the foregoing results are preliminary and are subject to adjustments upon final closing of financial results and completion of the annual audit by independent accountants. Mentor Graphics will release fourth quarter and full year 2006 results after the close of the market on Thursday, February 1, 2007.

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 $750 million and employs approximately 4,100 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 is a registered trademark 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:
Ryerson Schwark
Public and Investor Relations Director
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1462
ry_schwark@mentor.com

Dennis Weldon
Investor Relations and Business Development Director
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1462
dennis_weldon@mentor.com