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TSMC Qualifies Mentor Graphics Calibre nmDRC  on 65nm Process

WILSONVILLE, Ore., July 26, 2006 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, has qualified Calibre{reg} nmDRC for TSMC’s 65 nanometer (nm) technology. Calibre nmDRC specifically addresses the complex issues of the most advanced TSMC processes. TSMC and Mentor Graphics have a long, successful relationship in developing advanced technologies that enable fabless companies to deliver new products to market.

“With Calibre nmDRC and Hyperscaling, the benefits are reduced run time, good accuracy and no additional hardware expenditures," said Edward Wan, senior director of design service marketing, TSMC. “TSMC saw run times reduced on even the largest designs.”

"TSMC continually leads the way in the evolution of semiconductor manufacturing, and is an industry leader in qualifying the latest technologies for production," said Joe Sawicki, vice president and general manager for the design-to-silicon division at Mentor Graphics. “In the nanometer era, with the increasing importance of conveying design for manufacturing information, our relationship with TSMC has allowed us to deliver unprecedented capabilities, embodied in Calibre nmDRC, enabling the continued success of the fabless designer.”

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