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Mentor Graphics Announces Logic and Physical Synthesis Support for Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs

WILSONVILLE, Ore., June 24, 2009 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that its suite of advanced synthesis products support Xilinx Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Support for the new Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGA families is available now in the Mentor Graphics® Precision® RTL and Precision RTL Plus products, providing state-of-the-art logic and physical synthesis to quickly implement complex designs that meet target specifications.

Mentor is the first EDA synthesis provider to offer physical synthesis support for Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 designs. Its push-button physical synthesis capability works in conjunction with the new Xilinx ISE Design Suite 11.2 to provide superior Quality-of-Results (QoR). Designers can also leverage Precision’s industry-leading SystemVerilog and mixed language support to implement their designs for Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs. During the implementation cycle, customers with large designs can reduce run time by utilizing Precision’s unique automatic incremental synthesis and its integration with Xilinx SmartCompile technology.

Xilinx and Mentor Graphics engineering teams worked together to provide a superior implementation methodology. “We’re committed to delivering complete, fully integrated design flows with development environments that reflect the way designers work,” stated Tom Feist, senior marketing director for ISE Design Suite at Xilinx. “Our collaboration with Mentor Graphics is a key element of this strategy, and ensures a smooth transition for early adopters of our newest device families and targeted design platforms. As a result, our mutual customers can implement their Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 designs faster, while achieving excellent quality-of-results using the Precision-ISE tool flow.”

Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs offer over 200% more logic capacity and greater than 300% increase in register density as compared to previous generations. “The latest additions to the Xilinx device portfolio provide faster performance at lower cost and with reduction in power consumption,” said Daniel Platzker, product line director, Mentor Graphics Design and Synthesis Division. “Thanks to the joint effort with Xilinx, Precision Synthesis was enhanced to take advantage of Xilinx’s latest silicon architecture, accelerating the time to market of our mutual customers.”

About Precision Synthesis
The Precision Synthesis product line forms the centerpiece of Mentor Graphics FPGA flow — the industry's most comprehensive vendor-independent solution for FPGA design. The Precision RTL Plus product offers breakthrough capabilities such as vendor independent physical synthesis which provides industry-leading quality of results, automatic incremental synthesis, to reduce the impact of late design cycle changes, and patent-pending functionality which enables the efficient utilization of architectural blocks. With advanced support for ASIC prototyping (support for DesignWare libraries, SDC constraints, gated-clock handling, etc.) plus advanced implementation and optimization techniques—such as automatic mapping and inferencing of dedicated DSP and RAM blocks—the Precision Synthesis product is uniquely suited to handle today’s high-end FPGAs. In addition, the Precision Synthesis product features an award-winning design analysis capability, allowing designers to cross-probe between multiple views as well as to perform interactive static timing for rapid "what-if" analyses.

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:

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Larry Toda
Mentor Graphics

Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics

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