Tesla Motors Boosts Production Capabilities with Mentor Graphics Electrical Design Software

  Tesla Motors Boosts Production Capabilities with Mentor Graphics Electrical
  Design Software

Business Wire

WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- February 20, 2013

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced that electric car
manufacturer Tesla Motors has standardized on the Mentor Graphics® Capital®
toolset for 12-volt electrical systems design. After evaluating alternative
solutions, Tesla concluded that the Capital toolset matched the two key
selection criteria: strong electrical system configuration control, and a
well-established base within leading automotive wire harness suppliers.

Tesla Motors Boosts Production Capabilities with Mentor Graphics Electrical
Design Software (Photo: ...

Tesla Motors Boosts Production Capabilities with Mentor Graphics Electrical
Design Software (Photo: Business Wire)

As production volumes grew, it became important to ensure robust,
vehicle-specific data exchange with Tesla’s wire harness suppliers. The
Capital toolset is a powerful electrical systems software environment spanning
vehicle architecture, systems design and integration, service documentation
creation, and wire harness manufacturing tools. Configuration management is a
core strength of the Capital toolset, helping ensure that delivered harnesses
exactly match the feature set of each individual vehicle.

“Model S has very advanced electrical systems with tremendous configuration
complexity. It has been vital, during our ramp up to full production, that the
logistical integration and effective sharing of data with our suppliers was
seamless,” said Paul Lomangino, director of engineering applications, Tesla
Motors. “Capital software was able to overcome the challenges of configuration
management and data exchange with our key suppliers.”

“Tesla Motors is recognized as a world leader in the production of premium
electric vehicles, with a mission to revolutionize the automotive industry’s
approach to environmental concerns. Electric vehicles pose particular
challenges with respect to their electrical system,” said Nick Smith, business
development director of the Mentor Graphics Corporation’s Integrated
Electrical Systems Division. “Capital addresses a number of these challenges,
in addition to controlling the configuration complexity problems common to all
motor vehicle manufacturers.”

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 Graphics, Mentor and Capital are registered trademarks of Mentor
Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered
trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.)

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Suzanne Graham, 503-685-7789
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