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Mentor Graphics Corporation

April 12, 2010 16:00 ET

Mentor Graphics FloEFD Technology Wins 2010 Design News Golden Mousetrap Award for Best Product

WILSONVILLE, OR--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) -  Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that it has received the 2010 Design News Golden Mousetrap Award for Best Product for its FloEFD™ mechanical analysis technology. Mentor's Mechanical Analysis Division (MAD) announced the FloEFD technology (version 9.0) in October 2009, which provides Concurrent CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) for rapid virtual prototyping required for fluid flow simulation. The Mentor Graphics FloEFD solution received the best product award for Design Tools - Rapid Prototyping, Materials, Tools and Services.

"Design News congratulates the winners and finalists of the 2010 Golden Mousetrap Awards for the great work they've done to develop new and innovative products for design engineers," stated Jennifer Roy, managing editor of Design News Magazine. "These products, as always, showcase the highly imaginative ways that today's engineers are 'building a better mousetrap,' and we thank them for their contributions."

The Design News Awards Program was established over 20 years ago and recognizes engineering innovation and creativity in product design. This year, the Design News editors received a record number of entries and, based on their expertise in each technology area, painstakingly selected the finalists and Golden Mousetrap winners.

The fast, easy-to-use fluid flow and heat transfer FloEFD software is the first major CFD package to be fully embedded in a range of commercial mechanical CAD (MCAD) software products, including Pro/ENGINEER and CATIA V5. The FloEFD solution enables design engineers to conduct upfront, concurrent CFD analysis throughout the product's lifecycle, using the familiar MCAD interface, thus reducing design times by orders of magnitude compared to traditional methods and products. Concurrent CFD can reduce simulation time by as much as 65 to 75 percent in comparison to traditional CFD tools and enables users to optimize product performance and reliability while reducing physical prototyping and development costs without time or material penalties.

"We are excited that Design News has recognized our FloEFD solution as 'best-in-class' since we believe our product has tremendous impact on eliminating geometry and meshing related sub-processes that have been bottlenecks in CFD adoption," stated Erich Buergel, general manager of Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. "Our Concurrent CFD methodology permits rapid virtual prototyping so our customers can realize cost and time savings through productivity and right-to-market success."

For more information on Mentor Graphics Concurrent CFD process, FloEFD technology and other products from Mentor's mechanical analysis division, visit the company website 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 about $800 million and employs approximately 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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