Mentor Graphics Introduces Next-Generation VeSys Electrical Design Software

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 8, 2009— Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced availability of its next-generation VeSys® electrical/wire harness design products serving harness makers and off-road and specialty vehicle manufacturers. The VeSys 2.0 application suite goes beyond merely enhancing the previous offering; it has been completely re-architected.

Now based on a data-centric paradigm, where all information is stored within an integrated database rather than individual files, the VeSys 2.0 suite delivers superior design data management, user permissions management, and access to InfoHub, Mentor’s powerful user documentation system. These capabilities allow the VeSys 2.0 suite to be more readily adapted to different organizational and IT requirements, simplifying its deployment and broadening the scope of potential applications.

In addition, the VeSys 2.0 suite incorporates over 50 functional enhancements suggested by existing VeSys customers. Examples include flexible simulation model creation, a completely new user environment, and greatly-enhanced drafting capabilities. User productivity is substantially boosted, reducing design costs and time to market.

VeSys products have historically targeted off-road and specialty vehicles, including the design of fire trucks, construction and agricultural vehicles, as well as other industrial equipment with significant electrical/wiring content. Thanks to its new architecture, the VeSys 2.0 suite now also provides such organizations with a native data upgrade path to Mentor’s powerful CHS™ electrical systems design suite, should this be required by increasing design complexity. The VeSys 2.0 suite users can also share component libraries and simulation models with corporate sister divisions who are using CHS electrical systems.

“As a long time user of VeSys we are excited to find the new generation version has retained the same ease-of-use and intuitiveness as the previous version, yet added important new features,” said Mike Geary, engineering manager, Ionix Systems, a supplier of electrical and electronic cable assemblies for advanced applications within military, aerospace, vehicle and industrial control systems. “The ability to easily share designs and component data with other VeSys and CHS users is an additional benefit that will appeal to our customers who use these tools.”

Geary added, “We are able to capture all the customers’ requirements and pass to manufacturing within the same day, thus eliminating the need to reconstruct drawings and bills of material. It is clear that VeSys is the tool for both OEMs and suppliers who both require fast turnaround of design and product introduction.”

“I am very impressed with VeSys 2.0,” said Ed Lord, executive manager at Oasis Sales, a US-based design software reseller. “It takes us to the next level and is certain to be successful. Indeed, one customer who makes heavy construction equipment has selected VeSys 2.0 before the product was even released based on their evaluation of beta software.”

The VeSys 2.0 suite is available immediately worldwide, directly from Mentor Graphics and via its distribution network. Free evaluation software, which incorporates a guided test drive, can be downloaded from http://www.mentor.com/products/cabling_harness/design-flows/vesys_elec_series/.

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 4,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

(Mentor Graphics and VeSys are registered trademarks and CHS is a trademark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners).



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