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Mentor Graphics Enables Seamless Migration to PADS PCB Design Solution with the Release of its New Translators

WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 29, 2006 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market leader in printed circuit board design (PCB) solutions, today announced the availability of new translators that enable migration of Protel, P-CAD and OrCAD designs and libraries to PADS{reg} PCB design solutions. The release of the translators makes it even easier for companies to switch over to PADS, bringing over all current libraries, databases and other existing legacy data through the push of a button. Designers wanting to take advantage of PADS superior depth of functionality, routing, ease of use and deployment can now do so with minimal effort, loss of data or time.

"We were looking to standardize our design flow to reduce the amount of time we spent recreating parts that would work with one design tool but not another," said Dave Wolf, electrical engineering supervisor at Haas Automation, Inc., the largest machine tool builder in the United States. "We had concerns about losing all of our previous designs and libraries. However, after evaluating several vendors, we discovered that with PADS, we were able to get done what we needed to do quickly and cleanly. When the PADS reseller showed us how the new translators could bring over our Protel and OrCAD designs and data, PADS became the obvious solution," added Wolf.

PCB designers and engineers are no longer trapped using older, legacy tools due to the lack of bandwidth and associated costs to recreate libraries. The PADS advantages of ease of use, performance and price, combined with the new PADS translators, mitigate risk and significantly improve a user's ROI. These translators reduce the cost of migration by virtually eliminating the need to recreate prior design data and libraries. This allows designers and engineers to take advantage of PADS extensive schematic design, powerful layout, interactive and automatic routing, as well as design for test and design for fabrication capabilities, all without leaving behind the intellectual property they have spent years building up.

"Mentor Graphics continues to experience a growing number of companies switching to PADS from other PCB solutions," said Dan Boncella, director of marketing for Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. "These translators are making it easier and more reliable to transition library and design data into the PADS flow, while significantly lowering the risk and providing a much faster return on investment. Mentor will continue to develop additional translators and updates to make switching to PADS a seamless and easy process."

Cost and Availability

The new translators are available immediately and at no cost. To find out more information, contact your local reseller. To find a complete listing, visit or call 800-547-3000.

About PADS

PADS is the Windows-based standard for PCB design solutions, combining value and broad technology. Its rich functionality and affordable pricing give customers a high return on their investment, enabling them to handle everything from basic designs to complex high-speed applications with speed, quality, and ease of use. On-line, self-paced training is available at For more information on PADS solutions and the new translators, please visit or email us at

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 $700 million and employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics and PADS are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademark or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Leslie Van Grove
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics