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Mentor Graphics and Agilent Technologies Win EDN Magazine’s Innovation Award for RF Design Solution

WILSONVILLE, Ore. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 13, 2009 -- Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT), the market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design solutions, and Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), the market and technology leader in radio frequency (RF) design solutions, today announced receiving EDN Magazine’s 2009 Innovation Award for the category of EDA: PCB, FPGA and Mixed-Signal/RF ICs. The RF Solution, a jointly developed and industry-first solution, from Mentor Graphics and Agilent, cuts PCB design cycle times in half and improves the quality of mixed-technology designs. EDN Magazine presented the awards on March 30 in San Jose, Calif. Further details can be found at EDN’s website: http://www.edn.com/info/CA6630810.html?industryid=48661.

The RF Design Solution enables PCB mixed-signal designers (RF, analog and digital) to concurrently design a PCB using the Mentor Graphics® Expedition® Enterprise or Board Station® XE flows and seamlessly integrate it with Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) EDA software for RF design and simulation.

Agilent’s ADS is an industry-leading high-frequency, high-speed electronic design automation software platform. It offers complete design integration to designers of products such as cellular phones, wireless networks, radar and satellite communications systems, and high-speed digital serial links.

Mentor’s Expedition Enterprise and Board Station XE design flows provide users with the most advanced PCB systems design technologies and address the business needs of the world’s leading electronics companies: shorter time to market, reduced development and product costs, and the most competitive end-products.

About Agilent EEsof EDA Software
Agilent EEsof EDA software is used in microwave, RF, high-frequency, high-speed, RF system, electronic system level (ESL), circuit, 3-D electromagnetic, physical design and device-modeling applications. Agilent EEsof EDA offers personal, value-priced products as well as enterprise-level solutions that save money, improve design flows and simplify EDA vendor relationships. Agilent EEsof EDA software is compatible with and is used to design the company’s test and measurement equipment. Additional information about all Agilent EDA software offerings is available at www.agilent.com/find/eesof.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.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 4,500 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, Expedition, and Board Station 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:

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham@mentor.com

Janet Smith
Agilent Technologies
970.679.5397
janet_smith@agilent.com

 
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