Oct 11 2004

Dassault Systèmes and Fakespace Establish CAA V5 Software Partnership

New Fakespace software offers virtual reality, driven by PC clusters, for PLM solutions



Paris, France and Marshalltown, Iowa - October 11, 2004 – Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced a development partnership with Fakespace Systems, a leading provider of immersive visualization solutions. Fakespace joins the company’s Software Community Program (SCP) as a Component Application Architecture Version 5 (CAA V5) Software Partner.

Fakespace has integrated its solutions with ENOVIA - DMU Navigator 3, which enables high-end visualization and evaluation through virtual reality. Fakespace will provide services on the installation, configuration and operation of the virtual reality features of the V5 platform, in particular DMU Immersive Review. Dassault Systèmes and Fakespace will perform a certification process of cluster hardware configurations

Two new solutions, available in a coming CATIA Version 5 release in 2005, will enable engineers and designers working with CATIA V5 Digital Mockup (DMU) to drive immersive environments using PC clusters and access virtual reality features in native V5 PLM:

• Conduit for V5 is the first solution to enable V5 CATIA, DELMIA and ENOVIA users to leverage clusters to drive large-scale visualization environments such as the multi-channel, immersive CAVE® and PowerWall™.

• CDVI (CATIA Drivers for Visualization and Interaction) is a set of software drivers for virtual reality devices to be enabled in CATIA V5, offering motion tracking as well as virtual input technologies such as wands and gloves. This complete solution provides an even more powerful collaborative design review environment for advanced synthesis and product styling.

BMW in Munich, Germany has chosen Conduit for its new BMW Projekthaus so that native CATIA V5 three-dimensional digital prototypes, running on clusters, can be displayed in large-scale CAVE, wall and workbench environments.

“Fakespace is the first V5 partner providing cluster-enabling software and the provision of complete visualization systems and training,” said Chris Clover, president of Fakespace Systems Inc. “Dassault Systèmes and Fakespace have been working together since 1999 to refine the immersive features of V5 to ensure optimal performance and reliability.”

“Fakespace’s expertise with all aspects of immersive visualization makes it a strong addition to the CAA V5 partner program”, said Laurent Laloy, product manager, research and development, CATIA, Dassault Systèmes. “With Conduit and CDVI, V5 PLM users have a new range of possibilities for computing and interacting, resulting in more effective collaborative work sessions.”

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