Mentor Offers Free Online Training for PADS PCB Design Customers

12/10/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design software, announced the availability of three introductory self-directed courses for Mentor's PADS® PCB design solutions including: PADS-DesignerTM, PADS-PowerPCB® and PADS-BlazeRouterTM. These courses will help shorten the learning curve, increase productivity and provide users with training techniques conveniently at their desktop. The courses, offered on a global basis, are part of a variety of the educational offerings available from Mentor's Online Knowledge CenterSM. The interactive courses include animated product demonstrations and are offered online, free-of-charge, to new PADS licensees for 30 days from registration.

Students will learn at their own pace without the need to travel from their office for instructor-led training. They will gain product interface expertise as well as knowledge in PCB design workflow. Detailed lab exercises and quizzes provide users with extensive tool usage experience and help reinforce the knowledge of PCB design subject matter. Course descriptions and class access information are available at To register, click on "Sign Up for New Users" to learn more about this and other Mentor training offerings.

"Mentor Graphics is pleased to expand the benefits of Web-based training to our PADS customers. Our new courses permit students to learn at their own pace and at the convenience of their own desktop," said Phil Lundberg, director, knowledge products division, Mentor Graphics. "Web-based tool training and education is an important way Mentor Graphics partners with our customers. Our educational training methods assist students by enabling them to rapidly and effectively gain knowledge of the software so they are able to develop their designs efficiently and bring their products to market quickly."

"We are continuously working on innovative ways to support the needs of our customers. This interactive training offers a convenient and cost-effective method of getting up-to-speed on all of our products and helping our customers become productive and profitable in the shortest amount of time," said Henry Potts, general manager and vice president, systems design division, Mentor Graphics.

About PADS
PADS is the market standard for Windows-based PCB design solutions. Its ease-of-use, broad technology and affordable pricing provide customers with a high return on investment in their creation of PCB designs ranging from basic to complex. For more information on PADS solutions, visit

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 $650 million and employs approximately 3,600 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, PADS and PowerPCB are registered trademarks, PADS-Designer and PADS-BlazeRouter are trademarks and Knowledge Center is a service mark of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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