Mentor Graphics is to expand the scale and nature of its existing operations in India, where it has 3 development sites – in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Noida. “Each of the three sites specializes in a particular activity. In Noida, for instance, we have the core expertise in the company for RTL compilation, emulation software and the auto generation of verification software while Hyderabad is the center for our automotive thrust and takes the lead in solutions for cabling, wire harnesses, the enterprise tools that automotive companies use,” said Walden C. Rhines, chairman and CEO, Mentor Graphics. “We are looking at expansion of our facilities in India but I cannot speak about it now. We can grow and will probably add new areas of competency as well,” he said during a recent visit to this country. Mentor currently has 400 staff in Indiaand the likely expansion of its facilities in this country, apart from i ncreased recruitment, also means that the influence its Indian operations will have on its global footprint is slated to rise.