MSC.Software Implements MSC.Linux Platform and VPD Campus System at Eurocopter Germany
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MSC.Software Implements MSC.Linux Platform and VPD Campus System at Eurocopter Germany

Leading European Aerospace Company Adopts MSC.Linux and MSC.Software VPD Campus Licensing System for Virtual Product Development Process

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. , the leading global provider of virtual product development (VPD) technologies including simulation software, services and systems, today announced that Eurocopter Germany, the leading provider of helicopters for civil and defense purposes and a provider of Airbus components, has invested euro 148.000 ($159,000 USD) in two MSC.Linux Clusters from MSC.Software and is planning to introduce MSC.Linux as their standard CAE platform in Germany. In addition, Eurocopter has also purchased an MSC.Software VPD Campus Licensing System giving them access to the entire MSC.Software software portfolio on a pay-for-use basis.

"Manufacturers in every industry around the world consider MSC.Software products first as they adopt VPD technologies, especially those who prefer to use one vendor for a variety of engineering solutions," said Frank Perna, chairman and CEO of MSC.Software. "MSC.Software offers the broadest simulation software product portfolio in the industry and 40 years of reliable engineering experience. We are confident that Eurocopter and other European companies will see a rapid return on their investment in VPD technology, especially with the flexibility of our unique VPD Campus Licensing System."

A longtime MSC.Software customer, Eurocopter Germany is already using a wide range of MSC.Software products to analyze helicopter designs. Under this new agreement, Eurocopter is expanding this long-standing relationship to include MSC.Linux as their preferred working platform and the VPD Campus Licensing System for their access to MSC.Software products. By utilizing the MSC.Software VPD Campus System, customers are able to use MSC.Software software products at any time, across development sites around the world, thus achieving greater flexibility in utilization of MSC.Software's tools. By helping engineering teams work with the same tools, results and data, the MSC.Software VPD Campus System accelerates the design process and reduces the time and cost of product development.

"MSC.Software has the know-how to implement a high performance computing Linux cluster and is able to provide the related services. Knowing that we can rely on their experience, MSC.Software is one of our preferred Software, Systems and Service provider. We have been using MSC.Nastran for more than 30 years and are very happy to now implement the VPD Campus System and the systems and services offerings of MSC.Software," said Mr. Roland Bubl, Stress Dynamic Systems at Eurocopter. "The expertise of MSC.Software guarantees first quality software now running on first level hardware. In addition, the MSC.Software VPD Campus System allows us to reduce costs and broaden the use of MSC.Software's products in all of our German subsidiaries, therefore providing a stream-lined development process and an immediate access to software improvements."

MSC.Linux is the definitive cluster distribution designed for the most demanding computational environments in engineering and life sciences. Scoring a 100% with the latest Linux Standard Base (LSB) tests, MSC.Linux is being used and recommended by many engineering and life science Independent Software Vendors (ISV). The premier cluster tool of MSC.Software is OSCAR (Open Source Cluster Application Resources), developed by the Open Cluster Group. MSC.Software, a founding member of the team, is the technical leader for the programming and installation environment.

About The Eurocopter Group

The Franco-German Eurocopter Group is the world's biggest helicopter manufacturer. It has two facilities in France (Marignane and La Courneuve) and three in Germany (Donauworth, Ottobrunn, Kassel) as well as 15 subsidiaries and participations worldwide. The company employs a total of 11,000 staff. It develops, produces, markets and supports a uniquely comprehensive line of helicopter models, from single-engine light helicopters to twin-engine light and medium choppers and up to 11-tonne transport helicopters. In 2002, a total of 301 new helicopters were ordered and 367 were delivered, representing a 47 percent share of the world market. The 2002 turnover amounted to 2.5 billion Euro, an increase of 12 percent over 2001. Eurocopter is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS.

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE: MNS) is the leading global provider of simulation software, with related services and systems, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1500 people in 22 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit .

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