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Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced new formal-based technologies in the Questa Verification Solution that provide RTL designers and verification engineers with the ability to more easily perform exhaustive formal verification analysis....
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Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced that Silicon Creations, a leading supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP), has selected Mentor software for circuit, functional, and physical verification of its...
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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that Dr. Robin Bornoff, Dr. John Parry and John Wilson, a team from Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division, received the Harvey Rosten Award for Excellence in thermal modeling and...
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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT), today announced that a panel of judges for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has, in a precedential opinion, unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling that Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS)...
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Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that TSMC has certified the Calibre Platform (Calibre nmDRC, Calibre Multi-Patterning, Calibre nmLVS, Calibre YieldEnhancer with SmartFill, and Calibre xACT tools), as well as the Analog...
Automotive World  Mar 13  Comment 
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announces that independent compliance firm SGS-TÜV Saar has certified the ISO 26262 compliance of Mentor’s Software Tool Qualification Report for its Questa Simulation, Verification Management and...
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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced its new Xpedition vibration and acceleration simulation product for printed circuit board (PCB) systems reliability and failure prediction. As the industry’s market share leader in PCB...
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Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced the Veloce Strato emulation platform. The Veloce Strato platform is Mentor’s third generation data-center friendly emulation platform, and the only emulation platform on the market with...


Mentor Graphics is a leading supplier of products and services used by companies worldwide in the design of the electronic content of their products. Mentor Graphics is providing solutions for both the hardware components (the chips and boards) and the software components (the embedded operating systems and applications/drivers that control the product's operation). The company is listed at the NASDAQ.[1] Mentor Graphics made 880 million USD revenue in fiscal year 2008 (ending January 31).[2]

Business Overview

Mentor Graphics has its headquarters in Wilsonville, Oregon and has 4,450 employees worldwide. The company offers solutions for electronic design automation (EDA) to a global customer base in the electronics industry. The products are used in the design of different electronic products including automotive electronics, video game consoles, digital cameras, cellular telephones, computer network hubs and routers, personal computers and Bluetooth products..[2]

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Business and Financial Metrics

The companies fiscal year starts February 1 of the previous year and ends January 31. Until 2006 the fiscal year was the calendar year. January 2007 was reported separately in the annual report 2008 with a significant loss. For better comparison and to avoid hiding the negative result January 2007 and FY 2008 (13 months) are shown as 2007* in the diagrams. The company is reporting according to the US GAAP standard. Reporting currency is USD.[2] Mentor Graphics reported revenues of 789 million USD in 2009 and a net loss per share of 0.97 USD.[3]

Business Segments

All activity of the company is dedicated to assist customers in the development of electronical products (hardware and software).[1]

Scalable Verification

Mentor Graphics provides tools for solving the increasingly complicated problems of verifying that complex chip designs actually function as intended. Functional errors at the system level are the leading cause of design revisions affecting time to market and profitability.

IC Design to Silicon

The handoff between integrated circuit (IC) layout and manufacturing has changed from a simple check to a multi-step process where the layout design must be enhanced to ensure efficient manufacturing. This presents a host of challenges related to manufacturing process effects, photolithography, data volumes, and achieving a cost-effective yield of finished chips from each wafer. The companies design-to-silicon platform includes physical verification, full-chip, transistor-level parasitic extraction, model-based design for manufacturability (DFM) solutions, mask data preparation (MDP) and resolution enhancement technologies (RET), such as optical proximity correction and other computational lithography techniques. Mentor Graphics is also offering tools for the automatic generation of test programs to help customers efficiently screen complex devices to identify the new types of failures, while simultaneously reducing the cost of test

Integrated System Design

Mentor Graphics is the market and technology leader in PCB (printed circuit board) design, providing many of the world’s largest system design companies today with a range of scalable design solutions to reduce the time, cost and risk of electronic system design.


Mentor Graphics offers a range of leading-edge solutions being used by OEMs and wire harness manufacturers throughout the world. The company is supporting a structured engineering process for the development of distributed control systems as well.

Embedded Software

Mentor Graphics is the only EDA company to offer design solutions for embedded software. The simultaneous development of hard- and software enables a "design-in" reliability so that good architectural decisions can be made in both hardware and software development.

Services and Consulting

Mentor Consulting is an expert in electronic design infrastructures and methodology services and is the only service partner in the industry that invests in the transfer of knowledge to its customers. Their solutions are used worldwide by forward-looking electronics companies to optimize design productivity and advance adoption of the latest industry design best practices. Education Services is focused on developing and delivering quality training to help customers assimilate new tools and technologies into their design environments, increasing productivity and ensuring success in the marketplace.

Key Trends and Forces

Time To Market For Electronics Products

EDA is an important enabler to support fast product development cycles in the electronics industry. Chips with high functionality, multiple operating modes, low power consumption and extreme reliability—are pushing the manufacturing process to the limit. Requirements for enhancement of the EDA tools are growing with a similar speed as the improvements of the customers electronic products.

Market Cycles

The current downturn is impacting investment decisions on new product programs in the customer industry and is creating pressure on profit margins and revenues. It may also impact the structure of the electronics industry regarding market shares, geographical distribution, and size of the companies.


Main competitors are Cadence Design Systems (CDNS), Magma Design Automation (LAVA), and Synopsys (SNPS). ANSYS (ANSS) which is a leading engineering software supplier aquired Ansoft (ANST) a developer of EDA software in July 2008. There are many smaller companies competing with innovative ideas.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Webpage of Mentor Graphics
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 IDEA Company Search - Annual Reports / Form 10-K MENT
  3. Mentor Graphics Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results, February 26, 2009
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