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Shanghai Automotive Industries Adopts Mentor Graphics Volcano Automotive Network Design Tools

WILSONVILLE, Ore. Jan. 11, 2006 -- Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that the Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation (SAIC) has purchased Mentor's Volcano™ network design and testing tools to design automotive vehicle networks for SAIC's self-branded platforms. SAIC will use the Volcano Network Architect (VNA) and the Volcano TELLUS test and validation solutions. The company is the latest to join the long list of Volcano customers that includes Audi, BMW, Bosch, Visteon and Volvo.

The Mentor Graphics Volcano solution provides SAIC with comprehensive networking and data communication design tools that support the development of in-vehicle networking systems. By using Volcano, network design is made easy and predictable, guaranteeing data communication, which reduces the verification effort to almost zero and eliminates warranty and change costs caused by networking issues. SAIC will use the Volcano TELLUS test and validation tools to automatically verify the communication parameters of the vehicle.

New Technology Department vice director Fei Hao of SAIC Automotive Engineering Academy said, "Mentor Graphics' Volcano suite for automotive networking enables us to develop our vehicles' multiplexed communication systems substantially quicker than starting from new platform design. SAIC design engineers can focus on the vehicles' characteristics, leaving the implementation of the communication to the Volcano tools. The tool suite is the ideal solution for companies like SAIC, challenged with taking a technological leap in terms of introducing multiplexed solutions concurrent with launching a new car."

"We are pleased to engage with an exciting company like SAIC to bring sophisticated electronic systems to the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive market," said Serge Leef, general manager for Mentor Graphics System Level Engineering Division. "This arrangement is a prime example of Mentor's commitment to the global automotive industry."

For additional information on Mentor Graphics and its automotive offerings, go to www.mentor.com/solutions/automotive/.

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, semiconductor and transportation companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $700 million and employs approximately 3,950 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon USA 97070-7777. The company has more than 70 offices worldwide, including Detroit, Munich and Tokyo. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark and Volcano is a 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:

James Price
Mentor Graphics
+44 161 926 1637
james_price@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

 
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