Dassault Systemes and IBM Announce First Certified Mobile Workstation for CATIA V5, World's Leading 3D Design Solution

Engineering Goes Mobile With Powerful IBM ThinkPad Supporting Product Lifecycle Management Applications From Dassault Systemes

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2002-- Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and IBM® today announced that the ThinkPad® A30p has become the notebook computer certified for CATIA Version 5, the world's leading 3D application developed by Dassault Systemes.

IBM and Dassault Systemes have long collaborated on the Product LifecycleManagement needs of manufacturing companies worldwide. This development enables fast and broad support for engineers and developers as they create new products, regardless of whether they're traveling or working in the office and emphasizes the strategic partnership between IBM and Dassault Systemes to provide industrial companies with global solutions.

Philippe Zimny, V5 Enterprise Architecture Director, Dassault Systemes, said, "Being the first hardware vendor to have a mobile workstation certified with CATIA V5, IBM emphasizes its excellent technical partnership with Dassault Systemes. The Thinkpad A30p features superior 3D graphics performance using the ATI Mobility Radeon graphic processor. The display, wider viewing angle and increased brightness, help engineers collaborate more easily with their colleagues in the field."

"This certification by Dassault Systemes illustrates the graphical capabilities, high-powered screen resolution and overall leadership design of the ThinkPad A30p," said Rick McGee, vice president of brand marketing, IBM Personal Computing Division. "In addition to outstanding performance characteristics, select ThinkPad notebooks are loaded with wireless, security and manageability features designed to maximize customers' investments in powerful e-business solutions from IBM."

The CATIA V5 certified ThinkPad A30p allows CATIA users to easily transport their digital engineering projects throughout their supply chain locations. Wherever they are, engineers can work on product design with CATIA V5 and share their work seamlessly in any design or engineering conference. Adding mobility to the list of CATIA V5 features gives PLM users unprecedented flexibility and expands once again the frontiers of e-collaboration and pervasive computing. Both IBM and Dassault Systemes are focused on building an e-infrastructure that provides better support for product development, and this is a gigantic step toward taking that infrastructure mobile.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Sales & Distribution, which supports more than a dozen key industries worldwide, works with companies of all sizes around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com

About IBM ThinkPad

IBM ThinkPad continues to help lead the way in delivering enhancements, innovations and solutions that have shaped and defined the mobile computing industry. To date, more than 14 million ThinkPad notebooks have been shipped. Since the launch of the ThinkPad 700C in 1992, these acclaimed notebook computers have been lauded as design and engineering models, winning more than 750 industry awards. ThinkPad notebooks have been trusted for use in some of the world's most extreme settings, including space shuttle launches, altitudes more than 17,000 feet above sea level and on the open seas.

About Dassault Systemes

Dassault Systemes is the premier global software developer for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market, providing companies with e-business solutions to implement their digital enterprise, thus creating and simulating the entire product life cycle from initial concept to product in service. CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA Solutions support industry-specific business processes to help unleash creativity and innovation, reduce development cycle time, improve quality, competitiveness and shareholder value: CATIA supports the digital product definition and simulation, DELMIA provides solutions to define and simulate lean digital manufacturing processes and ENOVIA delivers enterprise solutions that manage a comprehensive, collaborative and distributed model of the digital product, processes and resources. The combined integration creates the Digital Product life cycle Pipeline, supporting reuse of corporate knowledge. SolidWorks and SmarTeam, as Dassault Systemes companies, offer respectively 3D design-centric and TeamPDM software solutions based on Windows. Spatial, also part of the Dassault Systemes family, is a market-leading provider of world-class 3D software components and services (for 3D modeling, visualization, and interoperability) to meet the requirements of 3D in Internet-based e-commerce and B2B applications. Information about Dassault Systemes is available at http://www.dsweb.com

CATIA Certification

Dassault Systemes has a hardware certification program aimed at promoting to our customers solutions that have been extensively tested with CATIA Version 5. This program aims at ensuring quality on the combination of software and hardware solutions. Certified configurations for use with CATIA Version 5 are described in Dassault Systemes documentation. The list of these certified configurations is also maintained on Dassault Systemes web site at following URL: http://www.catia.com/your_catia/html/hwnt2.htm (CATIA V5: Hardware Configurations for Windows NT / Windows 2000)

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