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Mentor Graphics DO-254 Platform Adopted by the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC)

WILSONVILLE, Ore., September 13, 2010 - Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT), a leading electronic design automation (EDA) solutions provider, today announced that the Civil Aviation University of China (CAUC) has adopted an advanced verification flow based on Mentor’s DO-254 verification platform, and has opened a new Mentor-CAUC joint laboratory for DO-254 applications, which is run by the Civil Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Research Center of CAUC. As part of a mutual agreement, Mentor has donated EDA software and support through its Higher Education Program to enable the students of CAUC to graduate with in-depth knowledge of leading-edge design methodologies.

CAUC (located in Tianjin, PRC) was established in 1951 and is affiliated with the Civil Aviation Administration of PRC. CAUC is a teaching and research intensive university. The university cultivates high-level talent in engineering and management, and has recently added the unique specialties of civil aviation and the ability to integrate aeronautic science technology with traffic and transportation engineering. It also has 29 research institutes, covering almost all the disciplines, which focus extensively on civil aircraft airworthiness certification, flight safety, aircraft and engine failure diagnosis, economics for the civil aviation industry, air transport management, information engineering, and computer science. The Civil Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Research Center is one of the professional research organizations in CAUC, which is engaged in the research of certification of civil aircraft, technical communications, and airworthiness training in China.

“We firmly believe that this cooperation between CAUC and Mentor will greatly enhance the development and verification capability in airborne hardware,” said BAI Jie, vice president of CAUC. “The support of Mentor will educate us in modern methods of integrated circuit (IC) design. And through our cooperation, Mentor will certainly have a bigger influence in the aviation field in China.”

“Mentor uniquely offers a comprehensive set of chip to system design and analysis solutions for the aviation industry, including our DO-254 platform. We take the needs of the DO-254 market very seriously and have been investing in, and enhancing, our DO-254 solutions for several years,” said Michelle Lange, DO-254 program manager at Mentor Graphics. “We are pleased to partner with the CAUC, to support training the next generation of aeronautics engineers on modern methods using the best tools available.”

About Mentor’s DO-254 Platform
The Mentor platform of tools supporting DO-254 compliance for FPGAs and ASICs includes: the ReqTracer™ tool, which manages and traces device requirements through development and verification activities; the Vista™ tool, which delivers a platform for conceptual design; the HDL Designer™ tool, which provides the environment for HDL development, code checking, code visualizations, review assistance, and structured project guidance; the ModelSim® tool, and the more advanced verification capabilities offered by the Questa® platform, which support requirements-based simulation of the HDL and netlist models; and the 0-In® Clock-Domain Crossing (CDC) tool for analysis. Formal methods tools include: the 0-In Formal Verification tool for formal model checking; the FormalPro™ tool for logical equivalency checking, to augment simulation; and the Precision® Synthesis tool, which offers FPGA vendor-independent synthesis, integration with place and route tools, and special features to ensure accurate and safer netlist results. Mentor’s PCB and system level tools also provide a requirements-driven flow for DO-254 compliance at higher levels of design. Mentor’s expansive DO-254 offering is unique in the industry.

About Mentor’s Higher Education Program
Mentor’s Higher Education Program provides leading-edge design tools and support to universities and colleges for classroom instruction and academic research to ensure that engineering graduates enter into the industry proficient in state-of-the-art tools and methodologies. Established in 1985, the Higher Education Program develops long term relationships with engineering colleges and universities around the world, and currently has more than 1,100 member colleges in 49 countries.

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. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

For more information, please contact:

Carole Dunn
Mentor Graphics
503.685.4716
carole_dunn@mentor.com
Ryerson Schwark
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1660
ry_schwark@mentor.com

(Mentor Graphics, ModelSim, Questa, 0-In and Precision are registered trademarks and ReqTracer, Vista, HDL Designer, and FormalPro are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company and/or product names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.)

 
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