Mentor Graphics Joins Linux Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Dec 15, 2010 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Mentor Graphics (NASDAQ: MENT) is its newest member.

Mentor Graphics was founded 20 years ago and today is a leading supplier of products and services that assist in the embedded design of chips and boards, as well as embedded operating systems, applications and drivers.

The use of Linux in the consumer electronics market is on the rise. Manufacturers of phones, tablets, televisions, smart grid devices, and more are using the OS to reduce costs, speed time to market and ease development. As a result, companies like Mentor Graphics are seeing an increase in embedded developers using Linux to design components for these devices. The company is joining The Linux Foundation to collaborate on assisting these developers with common tools, infrastructure and resources.

"The promise of embedded Linux is being realized and developers are seeking tools and resources to support their work with this OS. This is in perfect alignment with our vision and our enabling technologies and services. The Linux Foundation is increasing its focus on embedded projects to help accelerate the Linux platform in this area," said Glenn Perry, general manager of Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division. "We're excited to become a member of The Linux Foundation and to be a part of advancing Linux in the embedded computing market."

"Mentor Graphics is a leader in embedded hardware and software design and, as a Linux Foundation member, will contribute important expertise to the advancement of Linux in embedded products," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation.

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. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting technical events, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community's leading experts as instructors.

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation is a trademark of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.

Mentor Graphics and Mentor Embedded are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company and/or product names are the trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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