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Mentor, A Siemens Business

Broadline EDA supplier


Mentor Graphics is a broad line EDA supplier. It provides a complete semiconductor design flow that includes simulation, emulation, place and route, verification, design for manufacturing, and test. It also develops tools for wire harness systems and computational fluid dynamics. It serves a wide variety of markets ranging from communications, consumer electronics, semiconductors, networking, multimedia, mil/aero and transportation.
System and software revenues are derived primarily from term software license contracts, typically lasting three to four years. Enterprise-wide license revenues, which account for 50% or more of the company’s system and software revenue, are the major reason for fluctuations in revenue. Ten accounts are responsible for about 50% of the company’s receivables.

Mentor is the third largest of the Big Three EDA vendors by revenue, behind Synopsys and Cadence. Its stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol MENT.

Executive Insight: Wally Rhines
A candid, behind-the-scenes talk with Mentor Graphics’ chairman and CEO about the need for EDA startups, the truth about single-vendor flows, M&A strategy and how EDA revolution can still happen.


  • Mentor, A Siemens Business invented AVM in 2006