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Mentor Graphics Android Professional Services Aids Recon Instruments in Developing the World’s First GPS Micro Optics Displays

WILSONVILLE, Ore., November 29, 2011—Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its Android™ Professional Services has helped Recon Instruments develop the world’s first Android-powered, GPS micro optics displays for sports goggles. Recon Instruments is a Vancouver, B.C.-based manufacturer of customized direct-to-eye communications products—including MOD and MOD Live—based on the Texas Instruments OMAP3™ processor.

“Without Mentor's Android software services, it would have been very difficult for us to hit all of our milestones on time and deliver a commercial-ready product for the snow season,” said Hamid Abdollahi, Chief Technology Officer, Recon Instruments. “Mentor took a key support role at the beginning of the project, including software architecture design, silicon support, and Android software development. Our teams collaborated very closely to perfect the software before the launch.”

Recon Instruments was named an International CES Best of Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its first-generation action sports goggle, and received honors for best new product from Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and Mobile Magazine. The next-generation Recon MOD action sports product is an adjustable, color widescreen micro LCD that provides real-time information such as speed, jump airtime, GPS location, vertical and total distance travelled, temperature, altitude and time, plus a run counter and chrono/tracker feature.

The MOD Live sports goggle includes all the features of MOD and additional functions utilizing its Android operating system and Bluetooth capabilities for wireless connectivity to smart phones for access to music playlists, text messages and caller ID. MOD Live users can also take advantage of integrated resort information for navigation, and buddy tracking with included global trail maps. More information is available at http://www.reconinstruments.com.

“MOD Live pushes the absolute extreme boundaries of Android development and direct-to-eye communications,” said Larry Luke, worldwide services sales director of Mentor Embedded and expert skier. “As an acknowledged leader in Android porting, development, optimization and commercial support, plus our strong relationship with TI, Mentor is proud to have assisted Recon Instruments in this sport-changing project.”

Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division comprises the Mentor Embedded family of products and services, including embedded software intellectual property (IP), tools, and professional consultant services to help embedded developers and silicon partners optimize their products for design and cost efficiency. The Mentor Embedded team continues to lead the industry with involvement in the open source community, with Inflexion® 2D and 3D UI development, Sourcery™ open source tools, and Nucleus® RTOS solutions. More information on Mentor Embedded products and services can be found at www.mentor.com/embedded.

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics, Mentor, Inflexion and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Sourcery is used under license from CodeSourcery, Inc. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owner.)

For more information, please contact:

Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1664
larry_toda@mentor.com

Sonia Harrison
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com

 
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