Mentor Graphics Announces ADAPT Partnership Program to Expand Portfolio of Web-Based Component Information

10/29/2002 - Mentor Graphics announced a joint development and marketing program called ADAPTSM (Authorized DataFusionTM Partner), designed to enable Web-based information providers, such as online component database services, to integrate quickly and easily with DMS, Mentor's design data management infrastructure solution. DMS connects the design engineer's desktop to the extended enterprise, making component criteria available during the critical product development phase, in which as much as 80 percent of a product's lifecycle cost is determined.

Mentor Graphics will work with ADAPT program partners to develop standards-based interfaces between DMS and the partner's offerings. As a result, Mentor Graphics will be able to offer add-on modules to DMS that will allow users with any necessary subscriptions for the partner's product or service portfolio to incorporate the Web-based information into their company's library.

Mentor also announced that the Global Information Business unit of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is the newest member of the program and the two companies are working together to develop an interface between Mentor's DMS solution and the Global Information Business' leading electronic components database, UbiquidataTM. The ADAPT program expands on and formalizes the DMS-XchangeTM content provider program that Mentor Graphics initially established with PartMiner, Inc., a leading global supplier of electronic component information services to the electronics industry.

DMS consolidates and manages the work-in-process design infrastructure, integrates the engineer into the extended enterprise and ensures improved information flow on the designer's desktop. DMS-Xchange is the communication and interchange platform that allows DMS users to access many different content providers and solution partner offerings using standards, such as eXtensible Markup Language (XML) based formats. The modular architecture of DMS-Xchange allows partners to integrate with DMS and gives users the flexibility to choose modules based on their organization's requirements.

"The ADAPT program allows us to provide our customers with access to a selection of the best solutions available for integrating the component and supply chain information that they need most," said Uwe Schmid, Ph.D., managing director, systems data management, systems design division, Mentor Graphics. "The unique DMS-Xchange platform makes it possible to accelerate the integration process, making these new resources available as quickly as possible."

ADAPT Program Benefits and Requirements
By joining the ADAPT program, content and solution providers will be able to deliver a specialized interface to DMS. ADAPT partners gain a competitive advantage by making their offerings more valuable to the community of system design and printed circuit board (PCB) designers using DMS. Companies who are accepted into the ADAPT program sign a joint development and marketing agreement and receive product and technology training.

"Mentor Graphics is leading the EDA industry by providing customers with best-in-class supply chain intelligence, such as component lifecycle data, within the design environment," said Chris Henry, vice president and general manager, Arrow's Global Information Business. "This program is a valuable opportunity for us to offer Mentor customers easy access to our premier technical and commerce data on 16 million parts from hundreds of manufacturers."

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 $600 million and employs approximately 3,700 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California 95131-2314.

Mentor Graphics is a registered trademark, ADAPT is a service mark and DMS-Xchange is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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