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In a new report on market research just released, 01consulting studied the European MCAD market, by country, industry, category, and vendors. With 42% of the global PLM market, Europe is the largest region worldwide, ahead of the Americas and Asia/Pacific. The European PLM market is led by vendors who still generate most of their revenues in the MCAD area. The MCAD market, still the biggest segment of the 10 billion Euro global PLM market is a particularly dynamic market in Europe. The MCAD Europe market which is estimated in this report at 1.6 Billion Euro for 2004, is fueled by the mid-range segment which grew at 20% last year. This market is essential for whomever is interested in
product design, simulation, manufacturing and management within manufacturing industries. According to the report, the mid-range segment is estimated to experience accelerated growth in 2005 reaching approximately +25% compared to 2004 getting closer to the value of the high-end segment. The report includes detailed analysis and provides characteristics and reasons for this trend.

Sun Microsystems announced the release of Sun Fire servers powered by new UltraSPARC IV+ processors. Complementing the momentum created its recent announcement of the new x64 systems code-named "Galaxy", Sun affirmed its place as the world's leading UNIX server vendor by offering customers up to a fivefold increase in performance over previous UltraSPARC processor generations. These new offerings provide an "on the fly" upgrade path that allows customers to leverage the binary compatibility of the UltraSPARC microprocessor and the Solaris Operating System to take advantage of the latest server technology. According to the company, upgrading with Sun servers costs half as much as it does
with an IBM system and these new systems offer better price/performance than servers using IBM's POWER5 processors and AIX operating system.

Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded two US government contracts to perform conceptual, preliminary design for two X2 Technology heavy-lift coaxial rotorcraft. The Concept Design and Analysis (CDA) awards from the U.S. Army's Applied Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) are in direct support of evaluating joint requirements and Joint Heavy Lift (JHL) rotorcraft for the armed forces. Sikorsky's efforts will focus on applying coaxial rotor X2 Technology to a super heavy-lift coaxial rotor crane that can cruise at 165 knots and a high- speed super heavy lift configuration capable of cruising at 245 knots. In June, Sikorsky Aircraft announced plans to build and test a demonstrator for a new
class of coaxial X2 Technology helicopters that maintain or improve on the vertical flight capabilities of helicopters and whose high-speed configuration will cruise at 250 knots. X2 Technology refers to a suite of technologies Sikorsky will apply to achieve new levels of performance in coaxial helicopters. The X2 Technology Demonstrator is funded by Sikorsky Aircraft with development taking place in collaboration with its Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary.

Wohlers Associates Inc., in partnership with Cyon Research, has found that the mechanical CAD (MCAD) and product lifecycle management (PLM) market grew to nearly $4 billion in 2004-$3.871 billion to be exact for the top four firms-up 14.5% from the $3.38 billion the year before. Net income among the four major companies (Autodesk, Dassault, UGS, and PTC) grew 79.7% to $487 million, up from $271 million in 2003. The leading MCAD product in 2004 (in commercial seats), according to the study, was Autodesk Inventor, followed by CATIA, UGS NX, SolidWorks, Pro/ENGINEER, and Solid Edge. MCAD products not counted in the study include Alibre, KeyCreator, OneSpace Designer, IronCAD, thinkdesign, VX
CAD/CAM, and Cobalt.

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