Mentor Graphics Announces Printed Circuit Board Design Laboratory

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) announced the opening of the “Mentor Graphics Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design Laboratory” at the Lake Washington Technical College’s (LWTC) Kirkland, Washington, campus. The grand opening on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at 3:00 p.m. will be attended by state officials, community leaders and Mentor representatives.

The primary purpose of the lab will be to teach PCB design methodologies based on the Mentor Expedition® tool flow. The Expedition Enterprise design flow provides users with the most advanced PCB systems design technologies used by the world’s leading electronics companies, enabling shorter time-to-market, reduced development and product costs and the most competitive end-products. Mentor and LWTC have worked on these courses together for over three years. Under the auspices of Mentor’s Higher Education Program (HEP), Mentor has donated more than $8M worth of electronic design automation (EDA) software and support to enable students of LWTC to graduate with in-depth knowledge of the latest PCB design methodologies. In addition, Mentor has donated computing hardware with which to conduct the classes. The full-semester PCB curriculum has been conducted three times, and the material developed is available to share with other technical colleges and universities who wish to provide this course.

“The support of Mentor Graphics has allowed our students access to leading-edge tools in PCB layout and design,” said Paul Axtell, dean of industrial technology, LWTC. “Many of the skills students learn in our new laboratory will prepare them to have a direct impact as they enter into the global electronic sector.”

“Mentor Graphics is committed to the PCB systems design community, including educational facilities such as LWTC, an incubator of the next generation of innovative and talented designers,” said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. “As an EDA technology leader, we understand the importance of all levels of the design flow and see this collaboration as a way to give future engineers greater experience in state-of-the-art methodologies before starting their industrial careers.”

About Mentor’s Higher Education Program
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 about $850 million and employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon, 97070-7777.

Mentor Graphics and Expedition are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.