AMI Semiconductor Signs Multi-Year Access Agreement for Mentor Graphics Intellectual Property

1/29/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corp. (Nasdaq: MENT) announced the selection of its Intellectual Property (IP) by AMI Semiconductor (AMIS), a world leader in the design and manufacture of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). Under this agreement, AMIS will provide its customers with Mentor Graphics® InventraTM IP, proven solutions for a wide range of design applications.

"We selected Mentor Graphics because they are leading in IP solutions and will enhance our ability to offer standard and application-specific functions to our customers," said Vince Hopkin, vice president of digital ASICs at AMIS. "Our customers benefit from sourcing Mentor Graphics proven IP cores through us. They can concentrate on optimizing system architectures and designing functionality into their products, rather than worrying about allocation of precious engineering resources or project slips since the IP is proven and reusable."

AMIS is a recognized leader in mixed-signal and mid-range digital ASIC design and manufacturing services for customers in a variety of markets from computer, communications and consumer to automotive, industrial and medical. Access to Inventra IP such as USB, Ethernet, CAN and IDE will enhance the functionality of the digital and mixed-signal ASICs AMIS manufactures for its customers.

"Our cores are widely adopted, exhaustively verified and silicon proven, saving AMIS and its customers considerable engineering effort by reducing the risk of failure," said Michael Kaskowitz, general manager of the Intellectual Property Division of Mentor Graphics. "Our roadmap is to continue to lead the development of standards-compliant communication cores which are becoming a staple of AMIS' customer's designs."

All of the Inventra cores now offered by AMIS are packaged for immediate implementation. The deliverables include fully-synthesizable core and test bench, example scripts, configuration GUIs (where applicable) and full documentation.

A full listing of all the Inventra cores now available from AMIS can be found at

About AMI Semiconductor
AMI Semiconductor (AMIS) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). As a widely recognized innovator in state-of-the-art mixed-signal technologies and mid-range digital ASICs including ASIC conversion services, AMIS is committed to providing customers with the lowest cost, quickest time-to-market ASIC solutions. Offering unparalleled manufacturing flexibility and dedication to customer service, AMI Semiconductor operates globally with headquarters in Pocatello, Idaho, European corporate offices in Oudenaarde, Belgium, and a network of sales and design centers located in the key markets of the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please visit the AMIS web site at

About Mentor Graphics
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 is a registered trademark and Inventra is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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