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Tata Consultancy Services Selects Mentor Graphics Design-for-Test Tools

WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 1, 2005 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Asia's largest information technology consulting and service provider, has selected Mentor Graphics{reg} Design-for-Test (DFT) tools. TCS offers design services and intellectual property (IP) to a wide range of semiconductor design and manufacturing customers, so it requires a comprehensive set of DFT tools that are flexible enough to accommodate a variety of complex process technologies and design flows.

Mentor Graphics DFT tools provide TCS customers with superior test coverage, flexibility and innovative at-speed test capabilities that increase test quality while reducing test cost. Mentor Graphics provides the industry's broadest portfolio of DFT solutions for today's system on chip (SoC) and deep submicron designs, including solutions for memory BIST, logic BIST, boundary scan, ATPG and embedded compression.

"Our customers expect us to address highly complex test challenges, which require that we use the most advanced tools and test techniques available," said Dr. Sherlekar, Head Embedded Systems, TCS. "TCS philosophy is to use best-in-class tools or customer preferred tools to provide the services and solutions. Mentor Graphics offers best-in-class DFT tools that fit into any design flow, enabling us to deliver high-quality test solutions to a larger number of customers. Investment in industry-leading DFT tools from Mentor Graphics helps us to train and equip our designers with the necessary skill sets and ensures value added solutions to our customers."

TCS adopted the FastScan product, the industry-leading ATPG tool. The FastScan product provides TCS with an intuitive interface and a range of fault models, advanced fault analysis, pattern compression and optimization capabilities, and industry-proven at-speed test capabilities to deliver the high-coverage test sets needed for today's leading edge ASIC and SoC designs. TCS also selected the MBISTArchitect product for memory BIST and the BSDArchitectâ„¢ product for boundary scan implementation.

"The breadth and depth of Mentor DFT solutions ensure that leading service providers such as TCS can offer their customers the complete set of advanced manufacturing test solutions required for today's most complex SoC designs," said Robert Hum, vice president and general manager of the Mentor Graphics Design Verification and Test Division. "As the industry continues to move to nanometer technologies, Mentor's advanced test solutions including the FastScan, TestKompress{reg} and MBISTArchitect products will play an increasingly important role in ensuring the quality of manufactured ICs."

About Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the world leading information technology consulting, services, and business process outsourcing organization that envisioned and pioneered the adoption of the flexible global business practices that today enable companies to operate more efficiently and produce more value.

TCS achieved this by creating and perfecting a unique method of global deployment and delivery of high quality, high value services and products in IT consulting and business process outsourcing. Known as the "Global Delivery Model," this strategic services delivery concept has reshaped the IT services industry.

More than 75% of TCS customers reward the company's reliability, passion, creativity, and unique ability to handle the broadest range of their IT needs by continually extending and deepening their partnerships with TCS. With over 40,000 of the world's best trained IT consultants located in 32 countries, TCS is uniquely positioned to deliver its flexible world class services seamlessly to any location.

TCS reported consolidated revenues of $1.56 billion (U.S.) in the fiscal year 2003-2004. The company is listed on the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in India. For more information: www.tcs.com.

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 $700 million and employs approximately 3,850 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: http://www.mentor.com.

Mentor Graphics and Testkompress are registered trademarks and FastScan, MBISTArchitect and BSDArchitect are trademarks 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:

Nathan James
Mentor Graphics
503.685.0449
nathan_james@mentor.com

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

 
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