Mentor Graphics Enables Silicon Valley Technical Institute to Offer Educational Opportunities for Electronic Engineers

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 30, 2006— Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that it is enabling Silicon Valley Technical Institute (SVTI) to develop and offer a broad range of continuing education courses based on Mentor's tools in the areas of design for manufacturability (DFM), nanometer IC design, physical verification and integrated systems design.

Since 1985, Mentor Graphics has demonstrated a continuing commitment to providing students, worldwide, with leading-edge EDA tools in order to aid them with tool proficiency upon graduation, and help them develop relationships with the instructing engineering colleges and universities. Inherent in Mentor's mission is providing continuing education beyond graduation so that working electronics professionals can update their skills and gain additional expertise in the latest design and manufacturing methodologies.

Working within the strategy of Mentor Graphics' Higher Education Program, SVTI has incorporated Mentor tools in courses ranging from nanometer IC design and DFM to design of digital VLSI design and printed circuit boards (PCB). Courses range from one-day workshops to three-month in-class courses that include labs. Initial class sessions have trained over 50 engineering professionals.

In addition, SVTI is currently working with Mentor Graphics to develop additional training programs based on Mentor tools that support such areas as advanced functional verification and IC layout and verification.

"Mentor Graphics tools are deployed in critical design steps and flows addressed by SVTI training programs," said Dr. Ali Iranmanesh, Chairman and Founder, Silicon Valley Technical Institute. "Mentor Graphics tools enable our students to obtain the sought-after skills needed to be productive and current in today's fast moving electronics industry."

"Continuing education is a major contributor to the health of the electronics industry. As silicon and system technology advances, continuing education ensures that engineers remain experts in today's design tools and methodologies," said Ian Burgess, Development Manager, Higher Education Program, Mentor Graphics. "We are delighted to collaborate with SVTI to provide engineers training on the most advanced tools available, in order to help companies and professionals develop the skills that allow them to solve leading edge problems, maintaining a competitive advantage."

About Silicon Valley Technical Institute

Silicon Valley Technical Institute is a worldwide provider of training and research programs covering various aspects of electronic design, design automation, manufacturing, computer, communications engineering, and Internet technologies. SVTI corporate headquarter is located in 1762 Technology Drive, Suite 227, San Jose, California USA. Visit SVTI at:

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 over $750 million and employs approximately 4,100 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners)


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