Mentor, Intel Target Next-Generation Chipset with PCB Design Kit

2/4/2004 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), the market and technology leader in printed circuit board (PCB) design solutions, announced it has worked to provide Intel Corporation with drop-in core layout (DCL) kits for use with the Mentor Graphics® ExpeditionTM PCB design flow for Intel's next-generation chipset, codenamed Grantsdale. The DCL kit, available through Intel, will provide an Intel reference motherboard design, integrating the CPU, chipset and other motherboard components for use with the Expedition PCB design flow, enabling personal computer motherboard OEMs and ODMs to shorten their design times. The DCL kit for Expedition will be available this year following the introduction of the new chipset by Intel.

As microprocessor speeds continue to increase, it is becoming more complex to meet interconnect timing and signal integrity constraints while placing and routing the critical components, while also minimizing the number of layers and overall size of the PCB. Intel is addressing this challenge by providing a reference motherboard design in Mentor's Expedition design solution to its customers.

"Our customers rely on Expedition to help them meet their performance and time-to-market goals. Working with Intel on this project we believe will greatly help our customers to efficiently integrate component technology from Intel while also taking advantage of the productivity and performance gains enabled by Expedition," said Henry Potts, vice president and general manager, systems design division, Mentor Graphics.

"The work Mentor Graphics has invested in these DCL efforts should allow its customers to take advantage of the product launch collateral Intel makes available to our developers, such as this DCL," said Mary Madison, director of platform applications engineering in Intel's Desktop Platforms Group.

About Expedition
The Expedition Series offers advanced functionality with ease-of-use for the creation of today's most complex PCB designs. The Expedition Series features the industry's best place and route environment, powered by AutoActive® technology. The scalable product configuration of the Expedition Series allows designers to choose the right level of automation for their design needs. Expedition's tightly integrated systems design environment features a common database and common user interfaces and rules to ensure data integrity is maintained from concept to manufacturing.

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 $675 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 and AutoActive are registered trademarks and Expedition is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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