UGS' Teamcenter 2005 Delivers Embedded Software Management For Mechatronics

Distinctive solution creates competitive advantage for manufacturers trying to manage the explosion of embedded software and ECUs being built-in to a growing diversity of products

NEW YORK, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced a new release of its comprehensive Teamcenter(R) 2005 PLM software portfolio with a wide range of functional enhancements, including a distinctive new solution to effectively address embedded software management for the manufacturing industry's rapidly growing use of mechatronics. The latest release also includes enhancements for product visualization, ECAD management, Systems Engineering and much more.

UGS made the announcement today in conjunction with its annual industry analyst conference in New York. (See separate UGS announcements from today.)

Bottom line value through mechatronics management

Mechatronic systems consist of integrated electro-mechanical components controlled by embedded software. They are used by a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical instruments, communications, office equipment and consumer products. Mechatronic systems are being built into a growing diversity of products ranging from orbital satellites and aircraft to automatic coffee makers and personal wireless communication devices. The increasing requirement for sophisticated control systems in these products is creating an explosion in the number of electrical control units (ECU) and software that manufacturers must effectively manage and keep in sync in order to remain competitive and meet regulatory requirements.

"As time to market windows have become smaller and smaller, manufacturers have realized they can no longer wait to integrate the mechanical, electrical and software aspects of their products at the back end," said Chad Jackson, research director, Product Innovation and Engineering, AberdeenGroup. "This places a heavy reliance on integrated data management, configuration management and cross-disciplinary synchronization."

With today's announcement of the latest release of Teamcenter, the world's most widely used PLM portfolio, UGS is delivering a data management solution that can manage software as individual components of a product, just as it does with any of the mechanical or electrical components. By including embedded software in revision control, engineering workflows, change management and configuration management, Teamcenter helps companies improve their product development processes by ensuring correct software builds for different product development milestones.

"Teamcenter's new embedded software management capability provides a synchronized view of software and electro-mechanical parts based on the same packaging criteria which helps companies significantly reduce design iterations due to versioning errors," said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter Applications, UGS. "With a new solution to better control their mechatronics management process, companies could lower their expenses associated with regulatory compliance and reduce the need for costly and complex after-sale product software service updates. The improved product quality and cost reductions could be translated into higher revenues and increased profit."

Key integrations strengthen mechatronics solution

Consistent with its open business strategy, UGS has integrated Teamcenter with a number of key third party solutions for the industry's most complete mechatronics management offering. By coupling Teamcenter's embedded software management capabilities with its integration to IBM(R) Rational(R) ClearCase(R), which provides management and control of software development assets, UGS is providing complete product lifecycle management for embedded software.

In addition Teamcenter includes new integrations with Cadence(R) Allegro(R) and Mentor Graphics Board Station(R), two of the industry's leading printed circuit board design solutions. These integrations allow users to populate electrical component bills-of-material directly in Teamcenter, check-in/out native design files and create and manage derived files. ECAD/MCAD interchange files are supported along with the archival of fabrication data in a single location that also includes access to assembly data. With Teamcenter, published open API's are provided for tying in ECAD viewers so that the solution can work with other vendors viewing solutions.

Additional enhancements complete comprehensive Teamcenter release

In addition to its robust mechatronics management capabilities, the latest release of Teamcenter also includes a wide variety of enhancements throughout the product portfolio.

    * The visualization capability includes enhanced visual quality with
      dynamic shadows, better leverage of tightly managed Teamcenter assets in
      published docs, and native application platform support on X86-64
      hardware, including Windows(R) XP Pro and Novell's SUSE(TM) Linux(TM).

    * The collaboration module widens its platform support with the addition
      of Windows Server 2003 R2, SQL Server 2005, and Mac OS web browser. A
      Linux client is also available.  There are privacy controls and
      application sharing enhancements, plus Technical portfolio
      collaboration, and Windows Messenger and Office Communicator
      integration. This release also meets the U.S. Federal Information
      Processing Standards for data encryption and security standards and is
      FCAP FIPS140-2 certified.

    * Project management contains a number of improvements in usability,
      performance, and printing capabilities. European calendars have been
      added and there are enhancements in Program Execution Management (PEM).

    * Enhancements in system engineering expand its ease of use through
      dynamic pick lists, default views on folders, display filtering, report
      scripting and inline text editing.  Microsoft Visio-live diagram
      updates, and interfaces for the MathWorks, Inc MATLAB(R) and Simulink(R)
      products are also new to this release.

    * Enterprise level data management includes ease-of-use enhancements,
      reducing the training requirements, improving user efficiency and
      lowering the cost of deployment. Also, new to this release are its
      technical publishing, content management and SGML/XML capabilities.

    * Engineering data management provides complete engineering process
      management for CAE, MCAD and ECAD, plus continued lower cost of
      ownership and deployment flexibility. This release features ECAD and
      software management including ClearCase and embedded software
      management. New also is Linux platform support.

    About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit http://www.ugs.com .

Note: UGS, Transforming the process of innovation and Teamcenter are trademarks or registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the US and in other countries. IBM, RATIONAL and CLEARCASE are trademarks or registered marks of IBM or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. CADENCE and ALLEGRO are trademarks or registered marks of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US and in other countries. MENTOR GRAPHICS BOARD STATION is a trademark or registered mark of Mentor Graphics Corporation. Linux is a trademark or registered trademark of Linux Tovalds. Novell and SUSE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US and in other countries. UNIX is a trademark or registered trademark of The Open Group. MATLAB and SIMULINK are trademarks or registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the US and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the product, adoption by customers, continued innovation and other statements identified by forward looking terms such as "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "anticipate" or "project," are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including, among others, risks relating to developments in the PLM industry, competition, failure to innovate and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its annual report on Form 10-K most recently filed with the SEC. UGS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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