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Mentor Graphics Calibre xACT 3D Field Solver Extraction Tool Demonstrates High Accuracy and Performance in STARC Evaluation

WILSONVILLE, Ore., March 25, 2011 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the results of an extensive evaluation by the Tokyo-based Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) that showed the Calibre® xACT 3D extraction product delivers both reference level accuracy and high performance, enabling very high quality extraction for large IPs.

“Our benchmark included a wide range of evaluation data ranging from small cells and routing patterns up to large blocks,” said Kunihiko Tsuboi, Senior Manager of Mixed Signal Design Group/Development Department-2 at STARC. “We found that Calibre xACT 3D closely matched our reference values and, at the same time, demonstrated performance and capacity sufficient to handle multi-million transistor SRAMs, not just small cells. We also found xACT 3D to be an excellent tool for analyzing parasitic capacitances associated with transistor-level devices.”

“Calibre xACT 3D is a new generation of extraction tool that overcomes the traditional quandary faced by users—having to choose between accuracy and performance,” said Michael Buehler-Garcia, Director of Marketing for Calibre Design Solutions at Mentor Graphics. “Because Calibre xACT 3D provides field solver accuracy at speeds that meet the customers cycle time requirements, designers of advanced node ICs now have extraction to support better modeling of circuit performance from the transistor all the way up full chip critical nets.”

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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $915 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

The Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center, STARC, is a research consortium co-founded by major Japanese semiconductor companies in December 1995. STARC's mission is to contribute to the growth of the Japanese semiconductor industry by developing leading-edge SoC design technologies.

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