Mentor Graphics, STMicroelectronics Target AMS and RF Designers

5/16/2003 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced a technology alliance with STMicroelectronics created to address the needs of today's analog/mixed-signal (AMS) and radio frequency (RF) designers. The two companies have created a common R&D team with the goal of maximizing AMS and RF design productivity for the companies' mutual customers and internal ST design teams. Central to this alliance is the adoption of the ADVance MSTM tool suite, which enables a top-down design methodology based on VHDL-AMS to significantly increase speed and detail in mixed-signal simulations.

The alliance is another significant outcome of five years of cooperative effort between the two companies. Through the development of comprehensive VHDL-AMS model libraries and the integration of the Mentor Graphics® AMS design and verification tools into STMicroelectronics' design kits, the two companies are developing methodologies to shorten design cycles and increase first-pass design success for AMS and RF designers.

"Mentor and ST have a long-standing, collaborative relationship. This formal partnership will allow us to leverage each company's core strengths and provide significant benefits to our mutual customers," said Philippe Magarshack, Central R&D group vice president for Design Automation at STMicroelectronics. "As one of leading wireless and communications semiconductor companies, ST is driving the trend toward more widely accepted use of VHDL-AMS, and we are strongly committed to this new methodology paradigm."

"The Mentor Graphics simulation tools suite, combined with Mentor's modeling and simulation expertise, have been successfully proven as a major step towards first time silicon success," said Loïc Liétar, STMicroelectronics TPA/Cellular Terminals general manager. "This common R&D team will improve the co-design efficiency with our key Wireless customers in the area of Power Management and RF applications."

"It is a privilege for us to partner with the number one mixed-signal semiconductor vendor to form a common R&D team," said Jue-Hsien Chern, vice president and general manager for the deep submicron (DSM) division of Mentor Graphics. "The development of models and methodologies for mixed-signal, top-down design and verification provides a unique opportunity to link the modeling and simulation experts at Mentor with the efficient design teams of STMicroelectronics."

Mentor Graphics Integrated AMS SoC Design Tools
Mentor Graphics delivers advanced technology for AMS SoC design, from capture and simulation through physical implementation, verification and analysis. The tool set includes the Design Architect®-IC product, with a powerful AMS SoC design cockpit, and the IC Station® chip assembly solution for physical layout, top-level floor planning and routing. The ADVance MS tool is a single-kernel, language-independent simulation environment for digital, analog, mixed-signal and RF circuits. Calibre® and Calibre xRCTM tools deliver the industry's highest capacity, performance and accuracy for physical verification and parasitic extraction. This fully integrated set of tools is available immediately for Linux, HP and Sun platforms.

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 3,500 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, Calibre, Design Architect-IC and IC Station are registered trademarks and ADVance MS and Calibre xRC are trademarks Mentor Graphics Corporation.

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