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Mentor Graphics and NetLogic Microsystems Establish Strategic Multi-Core Collaboration for Embedded Linux

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 19, 2010 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), a leader in electronic design automation and embedded software solutions, today announced a collaborative agreement with NetLogic Microsystems, Inc., a leader in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks. Under the agreement, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division will provide its Linux® technology on NetLogic Microsystems’ XLP™, XLR® and XLS® multi-core, multi-threaded processors. This collaboration furthers the recent announcement of both NetLogic Microsystems and Mentor Graphics as founding members of the eNsemble™ Multi-Core Alliance, an industry organization aimed at driving best-in-class innovations in multi-core parallel processing platforms and software development.

NetLogic Microsystems will provide the Mentor-developed Linux solution to multi-core developers to enable them to create innovative applications for high-performance multi-core processors targeted at next-generation enterprise, telecom and data center networks. Mentor’s independent approach to embedded Linux will provide NetLogic Microsystems’ customers with flexibility and access to the latest open source technologies, as well as the seamless methodology and tool integration required for optimum productivity.

Mentor Graphics was selected as a founding member of the eNsemble Multi-Core Alliance based on its 25 years of global experience in embedded software IP, tools, and services for Linux and the Nucleus® RTOS for multi-OS on multi-core development.

“We are excited to enter into this strategic collaboration agreement with Mentor to bring to market a highly-optimized solution that includes Mentor’s Linux operating system and our best-in-class multi-core, multi-threaded processors that deliver unprecedented performance and scalability across a broad spectrum of embedded applications,” said Behrooz Abdi, executive vice president and general manager at NetLogic Microsystems. “Our mission of establishing an open programming platform based on highly-innovative technologies from leading companies like Mentor will enable customers to develop highly-differentiated networking equipment using the most advanced multi-core, multi-threaded processors.”

Mentor has been a long-standing contributor to the open source community, including Eclipse, Linux, Open Embedded and Android. The company’s expertise in embedded Linux for multi-core applications, and its award-winning service, has helped leading equipment manufacturers develop commercial multi-core software products.

“We are excited to collaborate with NetLogic Microsystems to optimize our Linux products on NetLogic Microsystems’ market-leading XLP/XLR/XLS multi-core processors. Our commitment as an independent embedded software solutions provider to silicon partners like NetLogic Microsystems provides our mutual customers with the flexibility and selection to develop best-in-class, high-performance multi-core devices for their specific application requirements,” said Glenn Perry, general manager, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. “We foresee great advancements in embedded software solutions for the networking segment where multi-core is most prevalent.”

The Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division comprises the Mentor Embedded family of products and services, including embedded software intellectual property (IP), tools, and consulting services to help embedded developers and silicon partners optimize their products for design and cost efficiency. More information on Mentor Embedded products and services can be found at the website: 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 electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 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 Nucleus are registered trademarks and Mentor Embedded is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners).

The registered trademark Linux® is used pursuant to a sublicense from Linux Market Institute, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a worldwide basis.

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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