April 1981 Mentor Graphics is founded. Over the years, it has grown from a startup to a multinational company. Mentor has served thousands of companies and been deeply involved in the design phase of products as diverse as cell phones, Boeing jets and NASA's Martian probes. Mentor created a market and changed the entire high technology industry through its introductions of increasingly more sophisticated design tools. Now more then ever the merger with Siemens consolidates this unique position it has, able to address complex development needs of today’s smart products.