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Mentor Graphics Calibre nmDRC Delivers Superior Productivity on the Intel Dual-Core Xeon 5160 Processor

WILSONVILLE, Ore., July 27, 2006 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Calibre{reg} nmDRC, Mentor’s next generation physical verification tool, is fully supported and qualified on the new Intel{reg} Dual-Core Xeon{reg} 5160 Processor. Calibre nmDRC with Hyperscaling demonstrated excellent run-time performance during benchmark tests. Hyperscaling provides the productivity designers need for nanometer era circuit (IC) designs

Mentor Graphics has successfully conducted shared memory processor (SMP) productivity benchmarks evaluating the performance of Calibre nmDRC on the Intel Dual-Core Xeon 5160 processor. “Our benchmark plan was to evaluate SMP system performance of Calibre nmDRC against previous Calibre DRC™ versions on the Intel Dual-Core Xeon 5160 processor,” said Michael White, Mentor Graphics senior product marketing manager for Calibre nmDRC. “Using Calibre nmDRC and the Intel Dual-Core Xeon 5160 processor, on an advanced 400 million transistor design, we were also able to demonstrate a 2.5x productivity improvement over single-core processors running our prior multi-thread Calibre DRC software.”

Hyperscaling technology brings superior scalability and lightening fast run times for computationally intense applications. Hyperscaling offers advanced data processing options that provide the fastest single CPU and multi-CPU performance to verify blocks in seconds and full chips in hours. Hyperscaling extends the useful life of existing shared memory processor systems, and fully utilizes single and dual-core processor distributed rack systems. Hyperscaling improves productivity whether designers are working in 180nm or 45nm technology nodes.

“I’m very pleased with the collaborative effort between Mentor Graphics and Intel’s EDA platform enablement team to conduct these benchmarks. The performance improvements we’ve seen using Calibre nmDRC on Intel’s Dual-Core Xeon 5160 processor are impressive,” said Joe Sawicki, vice president and general manager of Mentor Graphics design-to-silicon division. “We are extremely happy to see that Calibre nmDRC, the physical verification leader, fully leverages Intel’s dual core processing technology. The combination of Calibre nmDRC and the Intel Dual-Core Xeon 5160 processor truly enables a new level of productivity for EDA designers.”

“The demand for design computing performance and capacity for complex semiconductor design work is growing exponentially,” said Martin Menard, General Manager and Director of IT Platform Capability, Intel Corporation. “Mentor Graphics' Calibre nmDRC on the Intel Dual-Core Xeon 5160 processor is bringing higher productivity to our end customers by combining the benefits of Calibre’s Hyperscaling technology and Intel's leading dual-core computing performance.”

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 over $725 million and employs approximately 4,050 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 Calibre are registered trademarks and DRC 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:
Carole Thurman
Mentor Graphics
503.685.4716
carole_thurman@mentor.com

Sonia Harrison
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com

 
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