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Valor MSS Software Suite for PCB Assembly from Mentor Graphics Wins 2010 Vision Award

Apr 11, 2010

APEX 2010, Las Vegas, Nev. - Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) today announced that it has received the 2010 Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Vision Award for the Valor® MSS manufacturing systems solution suite for PCB assembly. The company received the award in the category of MES/ERP/PLM/QMS Process Control and Traceability Software. Mentor’s Valor Division was formerly Valor Computerized Systems, Ltd. Dan Weitzman, Americas regional business manager for the Valor division, accepted the award at the SMT Vision Awards ceremony on April 5 during APEX 2010, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center.

The SMT Vision Awards program, celebrating its 18th year, is an annual event recognizing product excellence in electronics surface mount assembly. Selection of candidates is based on outstanding examples of creative advancements in technology in specific areas chosen by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

“The introduction of the Valor MSS software suite to the market represents a significant step forward for process preparation and manufacturing control in the electronics assembly market,” stated Weitzman. “We are pleased to accept this SMT Vision award in recognition of that achievement.”

Valor’s complete interoperable manufacturing execution suite is an industry-first, designed to integrate solutions that will assist manufacturers in the design, planning, monitoring, control, scheduling, box build, traceability, test and rework processes.The product suite is set to provide a long awaited software solution that encompasses the entire production process, from the receipt of goods into the production inventory locations, through to PCA assembly and test, full system assembly and test, right through to the final packing of the finished goods ready for shipment.

The components of the Valor MSS software suite include:

vPlan - for complete SMT planning, programming and data management, multi-vendor line balancing, program optimization and process setup documents

vManage - for complete SMT/PCB material control, material verification and traceability, and warehouse management, including a unique just-in-time material kitting and delivery module using real-time consumption as part of shop-floor management solutions

vCheck - a complete PCB quality management solution with AOI/ICT direct interfaces, enforced WIP tracking, repair loop monitoring and control, paperless factory, including synchronized delivery of detailed work instructions for board and system level assembly, and full quality data collection with a business intelligence infrastructure, enabling Web based dynamic reporting for full system genealogy.

For more information on Mentor Graphics® PCB and Valor products, visit the company website at

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 4,425 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

(Mentor Graphics and Valor are registered trademarks. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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