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Mentor Graphics Announces Synthesis Support for New Altera Stratix III FPGAs

WILSONVILLE, Ore., November 8, 2006 —Mentor Graphics® Corporation, (NASDAQ: MENT), today announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products supports the newly introduced Stratix® III field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from Altera Corporation. Both companies have been in close cooperation to ensure Precision® Synthesis support for the full range of Stratix III devices. Beta support for the family is available now, with production support available with the production release of Altera’s Quartus® II design software version 6.1.

Stratix III, Altera’s latest family of FPGA devices, is designed to deliver lower power, higher performance, and greater density than its predecessor, Stratix II. “Stratix III, with its high-density, embedded DSP blocks, and integrated multi-gigabit transceivers, demands an advanced synthesis tool,” said Simon Bloch, general manager, Mentor Graphics Design Creation and Synthesis Division. “Customers wanting to take full advantage of the low power and high performance offered by Stratix III FPGAs will need Precision Synthesis.”

The companies began collaboration earlier this year on supporting the Stratix III FPGA family within the Mentor Graphics family of synthesis tools. “Support for Stratix III devices in Mentor Graphics Precision Synthesis is critical for our customers,” said Danny Biran, vice president of product and corporate marketing at Altera. “Given the advances in performance, power-optimizing functionality and density of Stratix III FPGAs, our customers will benefit from the advanced synthesis capabilities offered by Mentor Graphics.”

Precision Synthesis forms the centerpiece of Mentor Graphics FPGA flow, the industry's most comprehensive vendor-independent solution for FPGA design. With advanced support for ASIC prototyping (support for DesignWare® libraries, SDC constraints, gated-clock handling, etc.) plus advanced implementation and optimization techniques such as automatic mapping and inferencing of dedicated DSP and RAM blocks, Precision Synthesis is uniquely suited to handle today’s high-end FPGAs. In addition, Precision Synthesis features an award-winning design analysis capability, allowing designers to cross-probe between multiple views as well as perform interactive static timing for rapid "what-if" analyses. Precision Synthesis reduces design iterations, and enables faster, more predictable completion of designs, while delivering high quality of results (QoR). As a part of Mentor Graphics synthesis product line, LeonardoSpectrum™ offers customers a well-proven, mature synthesis solution for both FPGAs and ASICs. Support for Stratix III FPGAs within the LeonardoSpectrum tool suite will follow the production support within Precision Synthesis.

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 over $725 million and employs approximately 4,050 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 and LeonardoSpectrum 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:
William Bailey
Mentor Graphics
408.451.5520
bill_bailey@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

 
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