Cadence Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Mentor Graphics

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—August 15, 2008— Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) common stock and that its Board of Directors has authorized a $500 million increase to Cadences stock repurchase program. The Company said:

Our goal in pursuing a combination of Cadence and Mentor Graphics was to create a company that would offer customers a broader and more fully integrated product and technology portfolio in a timeframe that would better enable them to address urgent and complex challenges associated with their next-generation product development. It is unfortunate for Mentor Graphics shareholders, however, that despite our best efforts, Mentor Graphics Board and management were unwilling to engage in substantive discussions on what we believe would have been a compelling opportunity to create significant value for both companies shareholders and customers.

Cadence is a disciplined buyer and will only pursue transactions that make sound financial sense for our shareholders. Mentor Graphics failure to engage in substantive discussions on our all-cash premium proposal prevented us from confirming for our financing sources the significant synergies associated with this transaction. That, along with our revised outlook and the present economic climate, led us to conclude that financing terms for the transaction are no longer attractive for our shareholders. We remain focused on executing our strategy of delivering holistic solutions that address our customers key challenges, while ensuring that Cadence operates in the most cost-efficient manner.

Cadence also announced today that its Board of Directors has expanded the Companys authorized share repurchase by up to an additional $500 million, subject to market conditions. Together with the Companys current share repurchase program, Cadences total share repurchase authorization is now approximately $912 million.

Cadence will repurchase the shares from time to time for cash in open market transactions or in privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable federal securities laws. The timing and amount of the repurchases will be determined by the companys management based on their evaluation of market conditions, share price and other factors. The stock repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

About Cadence

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. enables global electronic-design innovation and plays an essential role in the creation of today's integrated circuits and electronics. Customers use Cadence® software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems. Cadence reported 2007 revenues of approximately $1.6 billion, and has approximately 5,100 employees. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with sales offices, design centers, and research facilities around the world to serve the global electronics industry. More information about the company, its products, and services is available at

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