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Mentor Graphics Announces OEM Worldwide’s Purchase and Implementation of Valor Software Solutions

Wilsonville, OR, May 26, 2010 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that OEM Worldwide, an electronics contract manufacturer for medical, telecom and industrial markets, purchased its printed circuit board assembly software management solutions at the IPC/APEX Expo, held from April 6-8, 2010 in Las Vegas.

Craig Green, CEO of OEM Worldwide, purchased the OEM Trilogy™ 5000 Data Preparation software from the Valor® Division of Mentor Graphics, as well as design-for-manufacturing (DFM) analysis software tools for assembly, test, and bare board.

“OEM Worldwide purchased the Valor tools for two primary reasons,” said Jamie Hale, OEM Worldwide vice president of technical services. “The first is to scrub and standardize master data from customers to create a lean standard work process through new product introduction.” Having a standard set of data for each new product will help automate and streamline all of the data load process into existing OEM systems with verifiable accuracy. This also will provide a feedback loop to the customer that they have conflicting data sets in their PLM system.

“The other reason is for DFM reporting,” Hale continued. “The verification of design and feedback to customer design teams is critical to preventing line down situations and follow on quality defects in the process. The complexity of design has made human review of design data an obsolete process.”

“The Valor solutions from Mentor provide electronics manufacturers with a sustainable competitive advantage by allowing them to offer a higher value proposition to their customers, as well as improved communications with their customers’ R&D and design departments,” said Dan Hoz, general manager of the Mentor Graphics Valor Division. “In today’s dynamic manufacturing environment, this is a ‘must-have,’ and we are happy to see that OEM Worldwide also will be able to benefit from them.”

The Valor OEM Trilogy 5000 Data Preparation software supports full virtual “prototyping” of the design of an electronics product. Additionally, it enables fast off-line simulations to validate physical design characteristics against assembly and test constraints before a first article or pilot run. The Valor users can validate critical manufacturing processes in advance, such as solder-joint formation, test-point accessibility, pick-and-place constraints, rework accessibility, and much more.

The Valor DFM software tools bring designers and the manufacturing supply chain together. The platform rationalizes the requirements of the design engineer and manufacturers who need to build products at a rapid pace and with the highest quality. The Valor DFM solution is comprised of more than 700 design checks, covering all stages of the design process.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Watertown, South Dakota, OEM Worldwide is a mid-sized electronics contract manufacturer specializing in medium-volume PCB assemblies and box build for products for medical, telecom and industrial applications. The company is ranked in the top 70 EMS providers and operates from its 80,000 sq. ft. facility that it outfitted with new surface mount production lines and associated test and validation equipment. The facility is configured for high-velocity manufacturing practices, enabling OEM Worldwide to continue exceeding customer expectations by providing unparalleled manufacturing services and solutions. For more information, visit www.oemworldwide.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 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 Valor are registered trademarks and OEM Trilogy 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:

Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1664
larry_toda@mentor.com
Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com
 
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