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Mentor Graphics Nucleus Innovate Program Boosts Embedded Development for Start-up Companies

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced its Mentor® Embedded Nucleus® Innovate Program designed to help businesses with less than $1M in annual revenue kick start their embedded development projects. Qualified companies can accelerate their embedded system development with software provided at no cost, including the Nucleus Real Time Operating System (RTOS), the popular Sourcery™ CodeBench GNU toolchain, and an ARM-based board support package (BSP) supporting Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) Stellaris ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers.

“The Nucleus Innovate Program is another great offering for our customers and a valuable reason why they are making the switch to TI’s Stellaris Cortex-M4F microcontrollers,” said Matt Muse, general manager of Stellaris Cortex-M MCUs, Texas Instruments. “The software package will benefit many small businesses reaching new markets and new customers, and we’re happy Mentor and Stellaris can help them achieve those goals.”

The Nucleus Innovate Program is ideal for applications where small footprint, high-performance, and low power matter. Customers using 32-bit single core or dual core processors, as well as MCUs can use the Nucleus RTOS and Mentor Embedded tool capabilities. Easy-to-use demonstrations and configurations help shorten development time for medical, industrial, automotive and consumer applications—from days to minutes. Details on qualification and the software provided through the Nucleus Innovate Program is available at http://go.mentor.com/innovate.

“The Nucleus Innovate Program demonstrates our shared commitment with leading semiconductor partners to promote embedded product innovation, particularly within start-ups and other small companies,” stated Scot Morrison, general manager of runtime solutions, Mentor Graphics Embedded Software division. “The advantage to start-up companies is that they can feel confident that their products are being developed with proven tools used by major global companies.”

About Mentor Embedded

The Mentor Graphics® Embedded Software Division comprises the Mentor Embedded family of products and services, including embedded software intellectual property (IP), tools, and professional consultant services to help embedded developers and silicon partners optimize their products for design and cost efficiency. The Mentor Embedded team continues to lead the industry with involvement in the open source community, with Inflexion 2D and 3D UI development, the Sourcery open source tools, and the Nucleus RTOS solutions. More information on Mentor Embedded products and services can be found at www.mentor.com/embedded.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation 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 electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of about $1,015 million. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com.

(Mentor, Mentor Graphics, and Nucleus are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Sourcery is used under license from CodeSourcery, Inc. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owner.)

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