New Accelerated Director Spearheads Next Generation Microtec Compilers

4/2/2004 - Accelerated Technology®, the Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT), announced that Antonio Bigazzi has returned to the company to serve as director of compiler technology. With more than 30 years of embedded experience, Bigazzi will spearhead and oversee the new generation of optimizing compilers to further the success of the Microtec® C/C++ compiler technology in the embedded market. Bigazzi will be presenting "Embedded Compilers for the Third Millennium" at Accelerated Technology's booth #1614 at Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco beginning March 30, 2004.

Prior to joining Accelerated Technology, Bigazzi gained experience in the embedded industry from working at companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Olivetti and Xerox. He also did consulting work for Silicon Graphics and Nortel. However, his most significant contribution to Accelerated Technology and the Microtec compiler technology came from employment at Microtec Research, later acquired by Mentor Graphics, where he was responsible for developing the highly optimized and embedded features in the Microtec tool kits which established Microtec's and later Mentor Graphics' market leadership through the 1990s. Bigazzi has already made a dramatic impact on the compiler team by hiring five new engineers to help build this new technology. The accelerated growth shows Accelerated Technology's continued commitment and investment in embedded tools to complement the Nucleus® RTOS.

"I see my position at Accelerated Technology as an opportunity to build an advanced complete, integrated programming environment for embedded applications. An environment in which compiler, debugger and operating system, such as the Nucleus PLUS kernel, can work together and offer advanced features that are possible only when all the tools work in an orchestrated, unison fashion," said Antonio Bigazzi, director of compiler technology, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

"We are excited to have Mr. Bigazzi back in the fold again. His vision and experience will drive the shape of embedded application compilers to meet the increasing complexity of today's embedded systems," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division.

Bigazzi holds a masters degree in computer science from the University of Pisa in Italy. He also represents Mentor Graphics in the ANSI C++ standards committee.

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:

Accelerated Technology, Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is located in Mobile, Alabama with sales offices and distributors worldwide. By providing embedded systems developers with a focus on service, well-documented source code and industry-leading non-royalty-based Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS) software, AT's RTOS software shortens time-to-market and provides a complete solution for engineers. For more information, please visit or email us at

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