AMCC, Mentor Graphics, VNU-HCM Team on Electronic Design Education

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) signed a three-way agreement with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) and Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) to collaborate on the development and delivery of educational courses for two new electronic design laboratories. Under the auspices of the Mentor’s Higher Education Program (HEP), Mentor will donate more than $20M worth of electronic design automation (EDA) software and support to enable students of VNU-HCM to graduate with in-depth knowledge of the latest application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design and verification and printed circuit board (PCB) design and analysis.

“Our collaboration with Mentor Graphics and AMCC will help us expand our academic programs and facilities to maximize students’ potential and prepare them fully for the needs of a global economy in the 21st century,” said Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duc Nghia, Vice President of Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City. “With the donation of state-of-the-art hardware and software from these two companies, along with support and training, VNU-HCM will develop leading-edge courses that will help prepare our graduates contribute academically and practically to the development of Vietnam and the electronics industry in the region.”

“AMCC’s collaboration with Mentor Graphics, the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh and University of Technology of Ho Chi Minh has been an important factor for our decision to install our new design center in Vietnam,” said Vu Nguyen, President of AMCC Vietnam and Vice President of Engineering for AMCC. “Vietnam attracted us with its commitment to building a skilled and educated workforce from which companies like ours can recruit and cultivate world-class engineers. Having new engineers exposed to our technology, products, know-how, as well as having a close relationship with Universities, strengthens our integration and involvement into Vietnam’s growth.”

“Investment in the electronics industries of emerging regions depends on the abundance of highly talented engineers skilled in the latest and most relevant electronic design methodologies,” said Ian Burgess, development manager for Mentor’s Higher Education Program. “Through this collaboration with AMCC, one of our major customers, and Vietnam National University, one of the leading educational institutions in the region, we are able to ensure that Vietnam produces graduates proficient in these state-of-the-art methodologies ready to contribute to the growing electronics market.”

About Mentor’s Higher Education Program
“Educating Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders Today”
Mentor Graphics’ Higher Education Program provides leading edge design tools and support to universities and colleges for classroom instruction and academic research to ensure that engineering graduates enter into the industry proficient in state-of-the-art tools and methodologies. Established in 1985, the Higher Education Program develops long term relationships with engineering colleges and universities around the world, and currently has more than 1,100 member colleges in 49 countries.

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 $875 million and employs approximately 4,350 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

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