ANSYS, Inc. and SAS LLC Enter Into Strategic NASTRAN Partnership

Agreement Includes Joint Development of New NASTRAN Solution And Exclusive OEM Distribution

CANONSBURG, Pa., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ANSYS®, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSS - news), the global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced a strategic OEM partnership with SAS LLC, a provider of NASTRAN simulation software and services. The global alliance is focused on the joint development of a new NASTRAN computer-aided engineering solution that will be distributed exclusively by ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc. has been selected by SAS to be the sole distributor and support network for the new NASTRAN solution. The NASTRAN solution is also being developed in coordination with key aerospace and automotive companies, providing additional guidance about the core capabilities needed. Development of the new NASTRAN product is being driven by Dr. Richard MacNeal, founder and former chairman of MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation, and Dr. Harry Schaeffer to advance current NASTRAN capabilities.

"This joint development effort will provide companies with the next generation of NASTRAN solutions. As we work together to broaden users options, we also will provide the most innovative NASTRAN product implementation ever produced," commented Dr. Harry Schaeffer, president of SAS LLC and Dr. Richard MacNeal. "ANSYS, Inc. was the perfect partner for our initiatives. They have a proven dedication to providing the highest-quality solutions through highly-skilled and reliable global sales and distribution networks."

"By being data compatible, this new offering directly addresses the inertia against change within the NASTRAN user community," stated Don Brown, chairman of D H Brown & Associates. "Combining this with the unique open architecture of the AI*Workbench platform will dramatically broaden the opportunities for users and ANSYS, Inc. as a supplier."

The solution will integrate the technologies of ANSYS, Inc., CADOE S.A., ICEM CFD Engineering and SAS LLC to provide users with the most comprehensive NASTRAN product. Building off of ANSYS, Inc. architecture, NASTRAN will also be fully compatible with existing customer data and processes, and will provide a unique open architecture design and economic solutions for complex product and manufacturing processes.

"We are fortunate to have the technology and expertise of the pioneers of NASTRAN technology to make this offering the richest solution available," stated Michael J. Wheeler, vice president of marketing for ANSYS, Inc. "The inclusion of this technology further advances ANSYS, Inc.'s support of the overall product development process. This new solution will allow companies upgrade their simulation tools and processes with minimal impact on the existing infrastructure."

The NASTRAN solution is expected to ship in early 2002. ANSYS, Inc. is providing an Early Adopter Program that is now available for organizations that want to ensure long-term affordability for their NASTRAN usage. For more information, please email Email Contact.

About SAS LLC

Implemented by the pioneers of NASTRAN technology, SAS LLC provides worldwide software and services that improve engineers' ability to perform automated simulation of product and process performance.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970 as Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc., develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries, including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, electronics and biomedical. Headquartered at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA, ANSYS, Inc. employs 400 people and focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. ANSYS, Inc. distributes its ANSYS®, DesignSpace®, AI* Solutions(TM) and ICEM-CFD Engineering products through a network of channel partners in 37 countries, in addition to its own direct sales offices in 18 strategic locations throughout the world. For additional information on ANSYS, Inc., please visit http://www.ansys.com.

ANSYS is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.




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