Mentor Graphics and MACO Offer Key Communications Technology for Expedition Users

7/18/2002 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Matsushita Electronic Components Co., Ltd. (MACO), a leading advanced printed circuit board company, will now offer AutoActive® technology for the MACO PCB ALIVH® (Printed Circuit Board Any Layer Interstitial Via Hole) design kit for Mentor Graphics® Expedition™ PCB, Board Station® RE and SFX RE users.

ALIVH is the key PCB technology that makes it possible to decrease the size of cellular phones. Mentor Graphics and MACO jointly endorse AutoActive as the industry standard PCB layout technology that enables ALIVH to improve the productivity of their mutual customers. Through Mentor's OpenDoorSM program, MACO now has qualified Mentor products using AutoActive technology to support and test its advanced ALIVH manufacturing process.

"More and more cellular phone manufacturers are selecting ALIVH for decreasing the size of cellular phones and increasingly using Mentor's AutoActive technology to quicken time to design," said Naohiro Inui, team leader of products engineering group, printed circuit board business unit, network device company, MACO. "Therefore, this partnership is a natural collaboration and we feel confident that AutoActive is one of the best technologies for advanced PCB design today."

ALIVH is sophisticated via manufacturing technology, which can create unique challenges for PCB designers. Mentor Graphics board products have the capability of handling this sophisticated technology during both interactive and automatic design. MACO has successfully used the Mentor board design tools for these types of designs.

"Our users in the communications industry have stringent requirements for designing their printed circuit boards and AutoActive technology is the only solution to meet these requirements," said Henry Potts, general manager and vice president, Systems Design Division, Mentor Graphics. "This partnership strengthens our strategy to support and provide access to a diverse number of partner companies like MACO that offer integrated, leading-edge software solutions that complement the Mentor Graphics suite of tools in all aspects of the design process."

The design kit for ALIVH will be available immediately and provided free of charge for all customers using AutoActive technology, including Expedition PCB, Board Station RE and SFX RE.

About Matsushita Electronic Components Co., Ltd.
Established in 1976, Matsushita Electronic Components Co., Ltd. provides components and devices that have contributed to industrial development worldwide. Corporate headquarters is located at 1006, Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma City, Osaka 571-8506, Japan. World Wide Web site:

About Mentor Graphics Corporation
Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 3,500 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. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, AutoActive, and Board Station are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. OpenDoor is a servicemark and Expedition is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:
Debra Layton
Mentor Graphics

Hayley Luz
Weber Shandwick

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