Dassault Systemes And Microsoft Announce V5 Availability On Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

The Full Power of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Will Significantly Shorten Product Development Cycles for Large Assemblies and Complex Products

Redmond, WA & PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 5, 2005— Microsoft Corp. and Dassault Systemes (DS) (NASDAQ: DASTY)(Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that as part of their strategic alliance, Dassault Systemes they will make V5 PLM available for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional x64 Edition, including versions of CATIA V5, DELMIA V5,

ENOVIA V5 and SMARTEAM. These versions will take advantage of the full power of the Windows 64-bit architecture to enable customers to create, analyze and manage very large assemblies and complex products, such as entire automobiles or aircraft. This capability considerably reduces product development cycles by accelerating design and enhancing design reviews, product optimization and decision support.

All V5 PLM products will take advantage of the 64-bit architecture of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. The 64-bit architecture includes memory support up to 128 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and 16 terabytes of virtual memory. Native 64-bit applications will deliver more data per clock cycle, making them run faster and more efficiently. Customers will also be able to move to 64-bit computing and maintain their existing investment in 32-bit software and Windows expertise.

The new 64-bit versions of V5 PLM will be available on systems from both Intel and AMD.

These improvements in memory and performance will make an essential difference when reviewing large assemblies with ENOVIA DMU, or when using CATIA V5 Structural Analysis and Design, for instance. They will also enable customers to implement DS's powerful generative design approach in order to maximize deployment of relational design, as well as to broaden the scope of their hardware investments.

"The added performance of Windows XP x64 Edition means that PLM users will have the ability to run complex technical applications and a wide range of Windows-based business productivity tools on a single platform, providing a faster, easier and richer user-experience," said

Sanjay Parthasarathy, Corporate Vice President of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. "It's great to see companies like Dassault Systemes bringing the power of 64-bit architecture to the manufacturing community."

"Customers already on Windows platforms will immediately benefit from this new version of V5 PLM Solutions," said Florence Hu-Aubigny, Director, Research & Development, Open Architecture, Dassault Systemes. "For those who need to perform advanced finite element analysis or design reviews on large assemblies, the availability of our V5 solutions on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition will streamline the process, improving their engineering efficiency."

About Dassault Systemes

As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA(R), DELMIA(R), ENOVIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks(R)), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS(R)). Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com

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