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Ixia's ANVL IPv6 Conformance Test Suite Selected by Mentor Graphics to Validate the Design of Nucleus NET.

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CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2003

Ixia (Nasdaq:XXIA), a leading, global provider of high performance IP network testing solutions, has been selected by Accelerated Technology, Embedded Systems Division of Mentor Graphics, to accelerate the IPv6 protocol development in their Nucleus(TM) NET(TM) networking product, a TCP/IP based network protocol stack for its embedded operating system. Ixia's ANVL(TM) IPv6 Conformance Test Suites contain the most comprehensive coverage for IPv6 protocols available by providing a vast array of conformance tests for Routing, Bridging, Transport (TCP), IP Storage, Traffic Engineering (MPLS), Network Security, Tunneling, Multicast, RMON, and IPv6.

"We have used Ixia's ANVL product line for the past year and we consider ANVL to be the de facto conformance leader. Ixia's IPv6 conformance test suites contain extensive test coverage of the necessary specifications," said Robert Day, director of marketing, Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division. "This saves us time and money in having to develop custom conformance tests. The Nucleus software is often used in mission-critical applications, and we trust Ixia's ANVL Conformance Test Suite to ensure that our products are adequately tested, and our customers are getting the highest quality."

Ixia's ANVL(TM) (Automated Network Validation Library) is a data network testing solution that validates the protocol implementations and operational robustness of networking devices. With well over 250 customers worldwide, ANVL is virtually the standard for data network protocol conformance testing. ANVL combines a user-friendly GUI with fully automated test execution and comprehensive test reports. The end result provides unparalleled capability to validate every single paragraph depicted by various protocol standards. By incorporating ANVL into the development and test processes, users save valuable time and money. Whether testing protocol interoperability or regression testing with new releases, ANVL has proved an indispensable tool for numerous leading Network Equipment Manufacturers, Internet Service Providers, and Embedded Stack Developers for Communications Processors.

The Accelerated Technology(R) (AT) Nucleus NET protocol stack, a scalable embedded TCP/IP stack, is the basis for AT's networking suite. The Nucleus NET protocol stack, unlike other protocol stacks in the embedded industry, was built from the ground up for the real-time embedded market. In addition, critical portions of the stack have been optimized, resulting in a stack that is among the smallest and fastest on the market. The Nucleus NET stack's basic protocols include: TCP, UDP, IP, ICMP, IGMP, ARP, RARP, DHCP, BOOTP and DNS. The Nucleus NET protocol stack seamlessly integrates within AT's multitasking environment and takes advantage of some of the unique features of the Nucleus PLUS(TM) kernel (like suspending on a queue for a timeout) to enhance the timing characteristics of the stack.

About Ixia

Ixia is a leading, global provider of high performance IP network testing solutions. Its powerful, distributed, multiport traffic generators and performance & conformance analyzers deliver wire-speed verification of Networks, networking devices, and applications. The company's analysis systems are used in design, manufacture, and quality assurance of the world's most heavily used network products. Its Real World Traffic(TM) solutions address the growing need to test applications and networks prior to deployment under realistic load conditions. Ixia's analysis solutions utilize a wide range of industry-standard interfaces, including Ethernet, SONET, ATM, etc., and they are distinguished by their performance, accuracy, reliability, and adaptability to the industry's constant evolution.

For more information, contact Ixia at 26601 W. Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; 818-871-1800, Fax: 818-871-1805; Email: info@ixiacom.com or visit our Web Site at http://www.ixiacom.com.

The Ixia logo is a registered trademark and ANVL is a trademark of Ixia.

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 $650 million and employs approximately 3600 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: www.mentor.com.

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 www.acceleratedtechnology.com or email us at info@acceleratedtechnology.com.

Mentor Graphics and Accelerated Technology are registered trademarks and Nucleus and Nucleus NET are trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements about achieving our strategic and financial goals, and other statements that include "expect," "anticipate" or words of similar intent. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to: (i) a limited operating history and limited history of profitability that make it more difficult to predict results; (ii) current economic trends in worldwide geographic markets; (iii) the effectiveness of our cost reduction efforts (iv) fluctuations in demand for our products and services; (iv) a highly competitive business environment for network switching equipment; (v) the possibility that we might experience delays in the development of new technology and products, and (vi) a dependency on third parties for certain components and for the manufacturing of our products. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2002, including, without limitation, under the captions: "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," and "Risk Factors," which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (http://www.sec.gov).
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