Mentor Graphics Becomes More Active in IEEE Standards Association

4/15/2004 - Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced a two-fold expansion of its role in the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). The company has become a corporate member of the Association, and Mentor's director of strategic business development, Dennis Brophy, has been appointed to RevCom, the Association's standards review committee.

The IEEE-SA is a leading developer of industry standards in a broad range of global industries. The corporate membership program offers companies the ability to anticipate market requirements and ensure that business interests are represented, as standards shape the direction of technology and their marketplace applications.

"Standards strategy has become an essential component of overall business strategy, as standards underpin commerce," said Edward Rashba, manager, New Technical Programs, IEEE Standards Association. "Participation at the corporate level gives companies more say in shaping those standards."

Dennis Brophy's new appointment to RevCom by the Standards Association Board reflects Mentor's expanded support of the IEEE-SA. RevCom reviews all standards that will be sent to the board for final ratification.

"Mentor has long recognized the pivotal role that standards can play in product research and development. We have always been supportive of and active in the IEEE standards process," said Brophy. "Mentor's corporate membership in IEEE-SA is a natural extension of that commitment, and we anticipate the corporate program will benefit the entire industry by accelerating standards availability. I look forward to contributing to the standards process through my work with RevCom."

At the Mentor Graphics User2User Conference, Brophy, who is also current chair of Accellera, will join EDN Magazine technical editor Gabe Moretti, who serves on IEEE-SA's New Standards Committee (NesCom), in co-hosting a session on the evolution of the standards process and its implications. The session takes place at the Santa Clara Marriott at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2004. To register for the conference go to

Several other Mentor representatives play leading roles in standards development. Stephen Bailey, technical marketing engineer for Mentor's ModelSim product, chairs the IEEE 1076 (VHDL) language working group. Mike Kaskowitz, general manager of Mentor's Intellectual Property division, is current chair of VSIA.

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:

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