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Mentor Graphics Announces OASIS Stream File Format Ready for Production, 10X-50X File Size Reduction Benefit Confirmed.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Mentor Graphics, Inc (NASDAQ: MENT) is a US-based multinational corporation dealing in electronic design automation (EDA) for electrical engineering and electronics, as of 2004, ranked third in the EDA industry it helped create.  Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) today announced that the Calibre calibre

see caliber.
(R) product line is accepting OASIS files and supporting OASIS output in the upcoming 2004.3 production release scheduled for September 2004. It includes the GDS-to-OASIS translator, which was previously made publicly available for validation and verification of the new format.

Beta test A test of new or revised hardware or software that is performed by users at their facilities under normal operating conditions. Beta testing follows alpha testing. Vendors of packaged software often offer their customers the opportunity of beta testing new releases or versions, and the  partners, selected from among the world's major semiconductor developers, foundries and mask manufacturers, translated thousands of files, proving overall flow efficiency and confirming a file size reduction of 10X to 50X.

To date, Mentor has provided more than 160 downloads of the GDS-to-OASIS translation utility, which is available free of charge at, and is generally used as a reference for OASIS-related development activities in the industry. Now that the tool is production proven, the OASIS translator will be an included feature in the Calibre releases, available to all Calibre customers.

"We delivered on a new technology that not only benefits the Calibre customers but the industry as a whole," said Joe Sawicki, vice president and general manager, Design to Silicon Division, Mentor Graphics. "With OASIS we now have a platform enabling us to put in place a robust, value-added connection between design and manufacturing."

OASIS was created in response to the need for more efficient handling of growing data volumes and is designed to replace the current GDS GDS Global Distribution System
GDS Google Desktop Search (Google)
GDS Goodie Domain Service (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
GDS Guards
 format. This new encapsulated encapsulated Localized Oncology adjective Confined to a specific area, surrounded by a thin layer of fibrous tissue; encapsulation generally refers to a tumor confined to a specific area, surrounded by a capsule. See Islet encapsulation.  format offers substantial improvements in data volume efficiency, up to 50X reduction in hierarchical data volume compared to GDSII GDSII Graphic Design System II , and 2X and more reduction in flat data volume compared to mask writing formats. OASIS is expected to become the new standard for data exchange between design teams, wafer manufacturers and mask suppliers, offering a new bandwidth in information exchange along with the most efficient data representation. OASIS will be a crucial link in future design-for-manufacture applications.

Mentor Graphics was involved in the development of OASIS from the inception, donating the initial framework of the specification, serving for many months as editor of the draft specification, then developing and contributing the translator utility. Mentor's engineers have published several research papers on OASIS; papers can be downloaded from the Mentor Web site at

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services Noun 1. consulting service - service provided by a professional advisor (e.g., a lawyer or doctor or CPA etc.)
service - work done by one person or group that benefits another; "budget separately for goods and 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 3,800 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon Wilsonville is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,991 at the 2000 census, and as of 2005 was estimated to be 16,510.[1] Geography
Wilsonville is located at  (45.306805, -122.
 97070-7777; Silicon Valley headquarters are located at 1001 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California San Jose (IPA: /ˌs├Žnhoʊˈzeɪ/) is the third-largest city in California, and the tenth-largest in the United States. It is the county seat of Santa Clara County.  95131-2314. World Wide Web site:

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