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Mentor Graphics Announces Synthesis Support for Xilinx Spartan-DSP Series

WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 3, 2007 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products supports the newly introduced Spartan™-DSP series from Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX). Synthesis support is available now in Precision® Synthesis (release 2006a2) with support in the LeonardoSpectrum™ tool suite to follow.

The newest addition to the Xilinx XtremeDSP™ portfolio targets low-cost applications in wireless, video, and consumer applications. “The Spartan-DSP series lowers the price point for FPGA-based DSP applications, enabling a wider range of applications,” said Simon Bloch, general manager, Mentor Graphics Design Creation and Synthesis Division. “The advanced resource allocation capabilities found within Precision Synthesis will help designers maximize the potential of this new platform.”

The companies began work last year on Spartan-DSP series support within the Mentor Graphics family of synthesis tools. “Mentor Graphics has a comprehensive suite of DSP design tools, from concept to implementation,” said Steve Lass, senior director of Software Product Marketing at Xilinx. “Precision Synthesis provides Spartan-DSP series users with the advanced tools they need to complete high-performance DSP designs.”

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.

As a part of the Mentor Graphics synthesis product line, LeonardoSpectrum offers customers a well-proven, mature synthesis solution for both FPGAs and ASICs.

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 $800 million and employs approximately 4,250 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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