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Mentor Graphics Announces Integrations with Key UGS Products and Streamlines the Electro-Mechanical Product Development Process.

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq:MENT), a leading provider of electrical design solutions to the transportation sector, today announced the availability of a range of integrations with its CHS(TM) tool suite and key UGS solutions in the area of Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) and Product Data Management (PDM) applications. CHS is the industry-leading electrical flow for the capture, integration, analysis and interconnection of systems into car, plane and train platforms. The CHS product suite is unique in both the scope of its applications and the sophistication of Capital Manager(TM), the central design data repository supporting them.

Mentor Graphics and UGS have developed a tight integration between UGS TeamCenter and Capital Manager to allow electrical design and harness data to be published into TeamCenter. This integration exploits TeamCenter's role as a corporate engineering data repository and allows it to be used as a conduit for electrical data passing between organizations (e.g. from OEM to supplier) or between applications (e.g. between CHS and UGS NX). Publishing data into TeamCenter also allows customers to generate a complete bill-of-material, both mechanical and electrical, and enables better interaction between domains -- thus reducing errors and allowing early exploration of system architectures and interactions between mechanical and electrical domains.

Mentor Graphics has also developed integrations between Capital Manager and the UGS NX and I-Deas applications to enable rapid exchange of data between these systems. The design of harnesses in complex electromechanical platforms such as automobiles, aircraft and trains requires tight collaboration between the mechanical and electrical CAD applications to reduce the design time, support concurrent engineering and increase design quality. Mentor Graphics has achieved this with a series of UGS MCAD integrations that can exchange wiring, topology and mechanical harness descriptions between the applications.

"Tight interoperability in the customer's electro-mechanical design environment is a mandate for successful electrical CAD applications," said Nick Smith, product director in Mentor Graphics Integrated Electrical Systems Division. "IESD has focused tremendous energy over several years to deliver best-in-class applications across the entire system-to-harness flow and its ECAD data management needs. The UGS-related products which we have released and the strength of our partnership with UGS further enhances our positions as leaders in this field."

More information on the CHS product suite is available by visiting

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, semiconductor and transportation companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of over $700 million and employs approximately 4,000 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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Date:May 12, 2006
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