Mentor Graphics Adds NewLogic 802.11 Wireless LAN Platform to Growing Wireless Semiconductor IP Portfolio

10/30/2002 - Mentor Graphics announced an extension to its remarketing agreement with NewLogic, a leading supplier of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) cores for wireless systems, to include the WiLDTM 802.11 Wireless LAN platform. The agreement allows System-on-Chip (SoC) designers to get system designs to market faster by licensing a complete platform for wireless LAN IC development from Mentor Graphics.

The 802.11 wireless platform complements Universal Serial Bus (USB), BluetoothTM and other standards-based IP offerings in the Mentor Graphics® InventraTM family, enabling the company to further address growth in the consumer electronic, computing and home networking markets.

"802.11 is a complex standard with multiple variants," said Mike Kaskowitz, general manager of the Mentor Graphics Intellectual Property division. "Developing complete hardware and software IP solutions to support this standard requires almost 30-people years of extensive engineering effort. Through our extended marketing agreement with NewLogic, the industry leader in wireless IP, we are able to provide customers with a pre-verified IP platform that brings standards-based functionality to their end products without the time and cost associated with developing a solution from scratch."

Analysts Predict Billion Dollar Growth for WLAN Equipment by 2005
With a bandwidth of 11-Mbit/sec and an operating frequency of 2.4 GHz, 802.11b is the standard wireless networking technology for enterprise and home applications. Gartner Research predicts the total worldwide market for wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment will grow by a compound annual growth rate of 22 percent, reaching almost $3.4 billion by 2005 (source: LE-15-6447 15 March 2002). Impending improvements to this wireless networking protocol, including .11g, .11e and .11i, will dramatically increase the connectivity options for personal computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and home networking devices.

The WiLD platform includes the multi standard WiLD 802.11a/b/g MAC core and the WiLDTM 802.11b Modem (physical layer). It will be complemented soon by the WiLD 802.11a and g Modems, the WiLD 802.11a/b/g dual band CMOS Radio and the 802.11e/i/h software upgrade options once the respective standards are ratified. In addition, extensive integration support, a dedicated prototyping platform (WiLD Card I) and full turnkey integration services to help designers meet aggressive time-to-market plans.

"Communications convergence, especially in home networking, is driving the need for applications that support multiple wireless and wireline standards," said Maha Osman, chief operating officer, NewLogic. "Our WiLD platform supports the most popular wireless high-speed networking protocol. NewLogic's continued collaboration with Mentor Graphics provides access to a broader set of SoC designers who not only want the highest-quality IP cores but also the integration expertise to ease its use in a design."

The WiLD platform that includes the multi standard WiLD 802.11a/b/g MAC core and the WiLDTM 802.11b Modem is available for immediate licensing.

About NewLogic Technologies
NewLogic Technologies, headquartered in Lustenau, Austria, is a leading provider of Bluetooth and 802.11 Wireless LAN intellectual property cores as well as IC design services. In addition, NewLogic offers IP integration services to help its customers achieve their aggressive time to market goals. Its comprehensive IP portfolio includes embedded non-volatile memory, DSP, mixed signal and RF cores for the communications, automotive and consumer electronics markets. NewLogic Technologies AG corporate headquarters are located at Millennium Park 6, A-6890 Lustenau, Austria.

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 and Inventra is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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