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Mentor Graphics Announces Inflexion UI and Linux Platform for ARM Mali GPUs

DESIGN AUTOMATION CONFERENCE (DAC), San Francisco, Calif. July 30, 2009 – Mentor Graphics® Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the integration of its Nucleus® Graphics User Interface (GUI) with the ARM Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) family of acceleration solutions. The joint platform consists of Embedded Linux running on an ARM1176 processor with an integrated Mali-200 GPU. The tight integration of the Inflexion UI GUI solution with ARM’s optimized OpenGL ES device driver enables embedded designers to easily utilize the power of the GPU to deliver products with more compelling user interfaces.

By integrating the Inflexion UI GUI solution with the Mali-200 GPU, it is now possible for graphic artists and usability specialists to exploit the potential of this advanced 3D accelerator. The Inflexion UI product abstracts the complexity of the OpenGL ES API to enable anyone to incorporate sophisticated 3D effects such as lighting, spinning, fading, twisting and zooming into their GUI designs without any programming knowledge.

“OpenGL ES is a powerful but complex API and few GUI technologies available today are designed from the outset to accommodate 3D effects and layouts. As a result, getting the best out of a 3D accelerator has generally required a lot of manual embedded programming,” said Ian Smythe, director of marketing, Media Processing Division, ARM. “With this development, the Inflexion UI GUI solution enables anyone designing a GUI to make full use of Mali graphics acceleration capabilities.”

“The ARM Mali family of acceleration solutions is ideal for embedded systems and it is the perfect platform for Inflexion UI,” said Glenn Perry, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division general manager. “With our partnership with ARM, I expect to see a wide range of more dynamic and visually compelling products across the automotive, consumer, medical, and industrial markets over the next couple of years.”

The ARM Mali-200 3D GPU incorporates a fully programmable vertex and fragment shader architecture, making it ideally suited to a range of applications – from advanced user interfaces and browsing experiences to console-quality gaming. For more information on the ARM Mali-200 3D GPU, visit the website at http://www.arm.com/products/multimedia/graphics.html.

Graphical User Interface Targets Embedded Devices
Inflexion UI is a 3D graphical user interface solution targeted specifically for embedded devices. It combines a highly optimized run time engine with a drag-and-drop GUI design tool, permitting compelling new embedded GUIs to be created, tested, refined and deployed quickly, without the need to modify any of the underlying application software. This “code free” approach affords greater differentiation without incurring the costs and delays normally associated with major GUI modifications. For information on Mentor Graphics embedded solutions, including the Inflexion UI user interface, go to 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 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:

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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