Arrow Electronics Joins Mentor Graphics ADAPT Program to Offer Ubiquidata to Electronic Engineers

MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 28, 2002--The Global Information Business, a business unit of Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW), has joined the ADAPT(SM) (Authorized DataFusion(TM) Partner) program of Mentor Graphics, a leader in electronic design automation (EDA).

The Global Information Business and Mentor Graphics are working together to develop an interface between Mentor's design data management infrastructure solution, DMS, and Ubiquidata(TM), the Global Information Business' electronics database containing 16 million parts from hundreds of manufacturers.

As a result of this joint development effort, Mentor will offer a DMS-Xchange(TM) module that will allow printed circuit board (PCB) design and layout engineers to seamlessly integrate Ubiquidata with Mentor's DMS solution, making premier technical and commerce data available within their everyday work environment. Ubiquidata provides technical information for parts, such as data sheets and electrical and mechanical parameters, and commerce information, such as lifecycle, availability, breadth of usage, and multi-source profiles. Access to this information enables engineers to analyze every dimension of a part early in their design cycle before making a component selection, saving money by preventing reengineering costs later.

"In order to meet time-to-market and cost-to-market requirements, it is imperative that electronic design engineers have access to a broad portfolio of decision and selection criteria early in the design process," said Uwe Schmid, Ph.D., managing director, systems data management, systems design division, Mentor Graphics. "We chose to work with Arrow's Global Information Business so we can offer our customers a way to incorporate this accurate and comprehensive database into their engineering environment."

"We're excited about the value that this partnership brings to the engineering community. Mentor Graphics customers will get easy access to our best-in-class information without having to leave the design environment that they are accustomed to working in," said Chris Henry, vice president and general manager, Arrow's Global Information Business. "Integrating our data with Mentor's powerful EDA tools offers the best of both worlds, providing supply chain intelligence that will help customers make more informed design decisions."

About Arrow

Arrow Electronics is one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computer products and a leading provider of services to the electronics industry. Headquartered in Melville, New York, Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 600 suppliers and over 175,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and commercial customers through more than 200 sales facilities and 23 distribution centers in 40 countries.

About The Global Information Business

The Global Information Business is an Arrow Electronics, Inc. business unit focused on the creation and selling of information to the electronics industry. The Global Information Business provides Supply Chain Intelligence, Acceleration through Connectivity(SM). The organization has responsibilities for the Connectivity Dashboard(TM), Ubiquidata(TM), Global Explorer(TM), Risk Manager, Alert, and Parts Cleansing. For more information on these and other services, visit or call 1-877-237-8629.

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