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UGS Corp. and Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) Group announced plans to deliver software that will enable companies to design and program production environments for products that are still in development. The software framework will make it possible for companies to simultaneously develop a new product, define its digital manufacturing environment and design the logic of the shop floor automation equipment. The new solution will consist of software that integrates UGS' Teamcenter software with Siemens Simatic software, an automation system for controlling a wide variety of machines and plants. Through this joint effort, the two companies are expanding a relationship that began in 1999
between Siemens and Tecnomatix (UGS acquired Tecnomatix in April 2005). The integration of Teamcenter and the new Simatic Automation Designer facilitates product lifecycle collaboration and knowledge sharing, which will make it easier for product design engineers and manufacturing engineers to share information while working concurrently on development and production.

UGS Corp. announced that Ford Motor Co. has deployed UGS' in-vehicle software data management solution on 57 worldwide vehicle programs, including the customer favorites Ford Explorer, Mustang and Escape Hybrid. UGS, working closely with Ford, developed the in-vehicle software data management solution to help Ford track embedded software content, associated with an electrical control unit (ECU). Based on Teamcenter, the software allows content to be tracked throughout the lifecycle of a vehicle and coordinates its use and function as a part of the overall system. In-vehicle software management enables Ford to leverage its global innovation network, enhance enterprise-wide collaboration and
standardize product data management associated with the growing volume of embedded software it is building into its fleet of increasingly intelligent vehicles. As vehicle designs continue growing in complexity and sophistication, this solution provides a critical process improvement.

Autodesk continues to demonstrate its commitment to tomorrow's engineers with an $8 million donation of software and training resources as the company celebrates another year as the official championship sponsor of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Using software from Autodesk -- including Autodesk Inventor -- 1,130 teams from seven countries designed and built robots to compete in 33 regional competitions, with winners advancing to the final Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, April 27-29, 2006. FIRST was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible,
innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. This year's challenge theme, "Aim High" tests the students' and their robots' ability to fire foam balls through hoops, plow them into floor goals and program a robotic vision system to navigate the robot. This year nearly 30,000 high school students are pushing the boundaries of innovation in engineering and 3D design visualization with support from Autodesk.

ANSYS Inc. and Fluent Inc. announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to ANSYS' pending acquisition of Fluent expired at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 26, 2006. ANSYS expects to close the acquisition by no later than May 1, 2006. As previously announced, ANSYS and Fluent have entered into a definitive merger agreement in which ANSYS will acquire Fluent in a series of mergers for 6,000,000 shares of its common stock and approximately $300 million in net cash, subject to certain adjustments at closing.

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