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Mentor Graphics Acquires Assets of Ponte Solutions—Technology to be Integrated into Calibre DFM Solutions

WILSONVILLE, Ore., May 15, 2008 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced it has acquired the assets of Ponte Solutions, Inc., the Mountain View, CA developer of model-based design for manufacturing (DFM) solutions that analyze, predict, and reduce the impact of process variability during the manufacture and design of semiconductors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have the Ponte team joining Mentor Graphics’ design-to-silicon business unit where they will contribute to future generations of Mentor solutions,” said Joseph Sawicki, vice president and general manager for the design-to-silicon division at Mentor Graphics. “DFM issues continue to be more complex as we move to 32 and 22 nm process nodes. Having access to multiple integrated DFM capabilities delivered on the Calibre® platform via Mentor’s worldwide direct sales and support channels is a clear advantage for design teams as they encounter these new DFM challenges.”

“Ponte shares Mentor’s vision for an integrated DFM offering being required as the semiconductor market continues to evolve,” said Alex Alexanian, president and CEO, Ponte Solutions. “While Ponte was providing a solution for today’s requirements, it makes complete sense for Ponte to align with Mentor Graphics to deliver complete DFM technology on the market-leading Calibre® platform going forward.”

Ponte personnel and technology will be merged into the respective departments within the Mentor Graphics Calibre organization under Joe Sawicki. Mentor will maintain the Ponte R&D team located in Yerevan, Armenia, a longstanding center of excellence for electronic design automation (EDA) and other technical software companies in Eastern Europe including Microsoft, Virage Logic, Synopsys and Credence Systems. Existing Ponte products and customers will continue to be supported by Mentor Graphics as Ponte capabilities are fully integrated into the Calibre DFM platform.

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 $825 million and employs approximately 4,300 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 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:
Gene Forte
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1193
gene_forte@mentor.com

Sonia Harrison
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1165
sonia_harrison@mentor.com

 
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