12 August 2004

UGS Launches NX Nastran SDK

FOR RELEASE Thursday, August 12, 2004

PLANO, Texas– UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced availability of NX Nastran SDK, a new software development kit being added to UGS’ PLM Components product family.  

NX Nastran SDK enables a wide network of partners and customers to extend applications for broader industry access through open standardization and interoperability.  The software development kit provides users with development tools and utilities designed to simplify the task of implementing NX Nastran as a core component to applications that extend the breadth and depth of capabilities offered by Nastran.  In addition, it enables customers and other companies to leverage investments in Nastran development.  NX Nastran SDK complements NX Nastran Enterprise and NX Nastran Desktop to form a portfolio of products for high performance analysis of complex, global products.

“We are committed to providing industry-leading computer-aided engineering solutions,” said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president, PLM Products, UGS.  “Based on the same technology as other offerings in the portfolio, NX Nastran SDK will add to our development momentum and extend Nastran usage into new areas, enabling the power and capabilities of NX Nastran in a variety of enterprise environments.  NX Nastran SDK will allow partners and customers to leverage many thousands of man years invested in Nastran development and enjoy seamless interoperability with a wide variety of add-on products.”

NX Nastran is known for its enterprise simulation capabilities with extremely high performance numerical capabilities. NX Nastran Enterprise and NX Nastran SDK are being deployed across major industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, heavy equipment and medical to digitally analyze, validate and optimize the functional performance of new products.  In addition, as an integrated component with pre/post processors offered by UGS, NX Nastran Desktop is a key element of the NX portfolio, providing comprehensive product performance simulation and complementing other advanced digital simulation and prototyping solutions in the NX suite of computer-aided-engineering (CAE) products.

Since its introduction in September 2003, NX Nastran has been adopted for enterprise use by some of the world’s leading manufacturers including ATK Thiokol, DaimlerChrysler, EADS, Honeywell Aerospace, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Liebherr, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Electronic Systems, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Nissan Technical Center North America, Northrop Grumman Corporation Space Electronics Division, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Tata Steel Textron/Cessna Aircraft and US Air Force Research Labs (Wright Patterson AFB). See UGS (EDS PLM Solutions) Sells Over 5,000 Seats of NX Nastran in Eight Weeks and UGS (UGS PLM Solutions) Announces Second Wave of NX Nastran Customers for more details.

PLM Components is a suite of component software products used by the application development community to promote open innovation and collaboration while enabling seamless interoperability among applications in the PLM market.  UGS markets PLM Components as part of its innovative PLM Open strategy – the company’s open approach to doing business and developing technology – while continuing to employ a unique level playing field business model that provides equal and fair access for all customers.  For more information please visit www.ugs.com/products/open/.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM.