CAE Software suits electronics and aerospace industries.

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NX Nastran digital simulation software analyzes products in aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical, and heavy machinery industries. Finite-element analysis (FEA) software provides customer-centric analytical tools and knowledge-based data management solutions. Synergies between NX and scaleable Teamcenter® PLM portfolio enable users to leverage legacy Nastran data, as well as other CAE results, as integral part of new product development process.

Original Press Release:

NX Nastran Now Available from EDS PLM Solutions; Development Organization Expanded with Addition of Leading Technology Experts

EDS PLM Solutions validates commitment to high-growth CAE market with infusion of world-renowned Nastran experts supporting key NX Nastran initiative

Industry analyst praises immediate benefits of NX Nastran and EDS PLM Solutions' "highly respected PLM software development organization"

PLANO, Texas - EDS PLM Solutions today announced the immediate availability of NX Nastran, its new world-class digital simulation and analysis software targeted at the high-growth computer-aided engineering analysis (CAE) market. EDS PLM Solutions also announced today the addition of three leading technology experts to its software development organization in support of NX Nastran.

Nastran, the world's most widely used finite-element analysis (FEA) software, was previously available only from MSC.Software Corporation as MSC.Nastran. With today's availability of NX Nastran from EDS PLM Solutions, the industry now has an advanced alternative from a supplier committed to the long-term viability, support and enhancement of this popular solution.

Open approach; immediate customer benefit

"Today's announcement provides further evidence of EDS PLM Solutions' unique 'open approach' to the problems of product lifecycle management (PLM)," said Monica Schnitger, senior vice president of Market Analysis at Daratech, Inc., a leading PLM industry market research and technology assessment firm in Cambridge, Mass. "NX Nastran has the ability to provide immediate benefit to any product development organization, regardless of the CAD system they use. The addition of NX Nastran (to EDS PLM Solutions' product suite) combined with EDS PLM Solutions' established leadership in the areas of multi-CAD finite element modeling and simulation-results visualization, firmly positions EDS PLM Solutions in a CAE market leadership position."

"EDS PLM Solutions' highly respected PLM software development organization today leads the way in developing exciting new tools for integrated design environments in which results of analyses are introduced into product design processes at a very early stage," Schnitger said. "The synergies between NX and EDS PLM Solutions' field-proven and scaleable Teamcenter® PLM portfolio will enable customers to immediately leverage legacy Nastran data, as well as other CAE results, as an integral part of their new product development process. This strong combination of customer-centric analytical tools and knowledge-based data management solutions offers companies the opportunity to realize significant product performance and quality gains through the use of integrated digital prototyping and simulation."

Raising the stakes in a growing market

NX Nastran targets the growing CAE market, which will continue to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 10.3 percent through 2007, according to Daratech. It is widely used to digitally analyze products in industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical and heavy machinery.

"The CAE market is critical to EDS PLM Solutions, and we intend to expand and sustain our leadership position," said Tony Affuso, president, EDS PLM Solutions. "We demonstrated our commitment to this market when we announced our intention to enhance, sell and support NX Nastran and today as we begin shipping the software, we are making good on that commitment. In fact, with the addition of three world-class CAE experts to our development organization we are further raising the stakes in this growing market."

EDS PLM Solutions' new technology experts:

o Dr. Mark Donley has joined EDS PLM Solutions to provide planning and support for the ongoing development of NX Nastran. Dr. Donley brings 13 years of experience from MTS Systems Corporation and Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), working extensively with automotive, aerospace and industrial customers to improve the noise and vibration, durability and thermal performance of their products. Dr. Donley has extensive expertise in the use of Nastran, and holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Rice University as well as BS and MCE degrees in civil engineering from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Louis Komzsik, who has held the position of Chief Numerical Analyst at MSC.Software for nearly 20 years and at SAS for more than a year, is now serving in a similar capacity for EDS PLM Solutions. Dr. Komzsik has more than 30 years of experience in the structural analysis industry, with specific expertise in software development. He has authored books and numerous technical papers, including the MSC.Nastran Numerical Methods User's Guide. Komzsik holds a doctorate degree in engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, and is an adjunct lecturer at California State University teaching applied mathematics and numerical analysis courses.

o Dr. Thomas Kowalski joins EDS PLM Solutions focusing on high-performance scientific computing. Dr. Kowalski has 10 years of experience in high-performance scientific computing, with six of those years specifically dedicated to Nastran development for MSC.Software and SAS. Kowalski earned an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Kentucky.

"We are excited to offer NX Nastran to our clients and delighted to have Drs. Donley, Komzsik and. Kowalski join our team," said Chuck Grindstaff, president, PLM Products, EDS PLM Solutions. "NX Nastran significantly broadens the advanced digital simulation and prototyping solutions in our NX suite of CAE products and provides the market with an opportunity to obtain this technology from a full-scale PLM supplier. Our strong heritage in CAE, coupled with the addition of NX Nastran and the strengthening of our overall CAE development organization, will enable us to meet the needs of our clients in the area of systems performance modeling."


NX Nastran is offered today in the widely used standalone configuration. Additionally, EDS PLM Solutions will offer tightly integrated versions of NX Nastran within its NX portfolio of CAD/CAM/CAE applications (Unigraphics(r) NX, I-deas(r) NX Series and Femap) for a total solution approach. Existing EDS PLM Solutions customers will be able to obtain NX Nastran as an extension to their current NX Digital Simulation product set.

About EDS

EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company, delivers superior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS' core portfolio comprises information-technology and business process outsourcing services, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS' two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the world's leading high-value management consultancies, and PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and product design software. With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the Fortune 500. The company's stock is traded on the New York (NYSE: EDS) and London stock exchanges. Learn more at

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