Alcatel Site Standardizes on Mentor Graphics PCB Design Tools to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency

1/9/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design, announced that Alcatel's Raleigh, N.C. location has chosen the Mentor Graphics® Board Station® PCB design suite to standardize its design flows and methodologies. Completely replacing Alcatel's existing PCB design tools, the Mentor Graphics solution will allow people at Alcatel's Raleigh location to share libraries and design data for improved efficiency, integration and shorter design cycles.

To complete the new PCB design flow, the Alcatel Raleigh site also selected Mentor's state-of-the-art ICXTM signal integrity tools and AutoActive® routing environment. The Alcatel Raleigh location implementation is expected to be complete by the beginning of 2003.

"In order to maximize the productivity of our design teams we were looking for a PCB design flow with the library capabilities to support design collaboration and design reuse," said Mike Zeeff, CIO Alcatel. "After evaluating a range of industry-leading PCB design solutions, we found that Mentor's tools best met our needs."

"Board Station strongly supports the concurrent design, data management and system customization requirements of an enterprise environment like Alcatel's," said Henry Potts, general manager and vice president, systems design division, Mentor Graphics. "By establishing a design flow that integrates the industry's best routing technology and leading signal integrity analysis capabilities, Alcatel's design teams will be able to collaborate even more effectively."

The Board Station Family
From concept to manufacture, the Board Station family of products combine sophisticated enterprise design solutions with the power of AutoActive technology to allow users to speed time-to-market while maintaining a design anywhere and build anywhere process.

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. World Wide Web site:

Mentor Graphics, Board Station and AutoActive are registered trademarks and ICX is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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