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Professional Circuit Designs, Ltd. Standardizes on Mentor Graphics PCB Design-Through-Manufacturing Technologies for Design and Consulting Services

WILSONVILLE, Oregon, May 16th, 2012 – Mentor Graphics Corporation, (NASDAQ: MENT), the worldwide market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design-through-manufacturing software, today announced that Professional Circuit Designs (PCD), Ltd., based in Winchester, U.K. has standardized on the Mentor Graphics® PCB design-through-manufacturing product flow, including the Valor® NPI tool. PCD specializes in PCB place & route, schematic entry, pre- and post-layout of PCB signal integrity simulation, library development and now new product introduction (NPI) design checking for PCB manufacturing and assembly.

Established in 1997, PCD, Ltd. is the largest PCB design and consulting firm in the U.K. serving customers throughout Europe, the United States and Australia. They exclusively use the Mentor Graphics PADS®, Board Station® XE, Expedition® Enterprise, HyperLynx® SI, and Valor NPI products. Now, with the integration of the Valor NPI tool, PCD customers will be able to capture all PCB design-for-manufacturing, fabrication, assembly and test data into a unified data structure with the Valor ODB++ data exchange format. As the de facto standard for unified data exchange between PCB design and manufacturing, ODB++ establishes a continuous, automated and traceable engineering process that reduces time and eliminates costly errors.

“We’ve invested in Mentor Graphics PCB technologies for the past 15 years and the seamless integration of Mentor’s PCB tools with Valor tools is a major benefit to our customers, who are constantly seeking new methodologies to compete in today’s time-sensitive market,” stated Paul Gamble, managing director of PCD, Ltd. “Our collaboration with Mentor, as the industry leader for PCB design-through-manufacturing solutions, allows us to help solve our customers’ challenges with best-in-class technologies.”

PCD Ltd. also specializes in supplying contract and permanent PCB design engineers who have vast experience using Mentor Graphics tools, and can be located on customer sites. Areas of expertise include data and library management, constraint management, analysis and verification, and now manufacturing and assembly NPI checking and interfacing.

“We’re honored to have an established partnership with PCD, Ltd. as the leading PCB consultancy in the U.K.,” stated Dan Boncella, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Systems Design Division. “By providing PCD’s customers with our latest design-through-manufacturing technologies, we are enabling engineers and designers to cost-effectively design the industry’s most complex, highest performance, and densest PCBs.”
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About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,015 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics, PADS, Board Station, Expedition, HyperLynx and Valor are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics

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