SOURCE: Tech Soft America

May 17, 2005 13:15 ET

Exa® Corporation Licenses HOOPS® Framework From TSA for PowerCASE™

Latest Release of CAE Application Incorporates Popular Development Toolkit for Advanced 3D Capabilities

BURLINGTON, MA and OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2005 -- Exa Corporation, developer of computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and services, along with Tech Soft America (TSA), the leading provider of component graphics technology to the CAD/CAM/CAE industry, today announced a licensing agreement where Exa has leveraged TSA's HOOPS 3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3dAF) to power new graphics capabilities in their latest releases of PowerCASE and the complementary PowerEXPORT™ and PowerPREP™ applications.

Jamie Hoch, vice president of Software Development for Exa Corporation, stated, "Exa develops a wide range of software to complement our core CFD technology, including several 3D geometry and visualization tools. High-level, high performance components such as HOOPS/3dAF allow us to quickly deliver rich 3D solutions to our customers, and free us to focus our resources on advancing our unique CFD technology."

Ron Fritz, managing partner for TSA, added, "Efficient, focused companies such as Exa continue to be attracted to HOOPS/3dAF as a reliable and robust core technology for building sophisticated applications like PowerCASE. We're always excited to see HOOPS-powered products like Exa PowerCASE hit the market."

About the HOOPS 3D Application Framework

HOOPS/3dAF is an extensible, high-level component that dramatically simplifies the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D/3D applications for Windows, UNIX, LINUX, MAC OS X, Windows CE devices or the Web. Companies such as Autodesk, Bentley/Infrasoft, SolidWorks, PTC, MSC.Software, Fluent, Numeca, IronCAD, KubotekUSA, Proficiency, LK and over 175 others license HOOPS technology to help them build better engineering software products faster.

With HOOPS/3dAF the base infrastructure for building extremely custom, advanced performance applications is already optimally designed and built. Developers work from a high level to extend and customize the framework, taking advantage of the power of the underlying set of components and vast functionality already encapsulated within the HOOPS product set.

About Exa PowerFLOW®

PowerFLOW, Exa's flagship product, is an accurate, fast and easy-to-use software solution for CAE fluid flow problems, suitable for wide range of applications and markets. PowerFLOW provides time-accurate as well as steady-state results for realistic transient behavior simulations, leading to better functional designs. PowerFLOW accurately simulatates complex external and internal fluid flows and is capable of also providing aeroacoustic and thermal results.

Currently installed at over 80% of the worldwide automotive manufacturers, Exa PowerFLOW's extensive capabilities are enabling engineers and designers to truly collaborate early in the development process and build better cars faster.

About Exa Corporation

Exa Corporation develops, markets, and supports a full suite of CFD and CAE pre- and post-processing software tools including PowerFLOW®, PowerCLAY®, PowerWRAP™, PowerVIZ® and PowerSPECTRUM™ along with professional engineering consulting services. Exa's products and services enable engineers to create competitive designs, while shortening product design cycles, and speeding time-to-market. A partial customer list includes: Audi AG, BMW AG, Daimler-Chrysler, Fiat, FKFS, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kenworth, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault, SEAT, and Volkswagen AG.

Founded in 1991, the company is headquartered at 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Burlington, MA, USA 01803. Tel: 1.781.676.8500; Fax: 1.781.676.8599; Email: info@exa.com; URL: www.exa.com

About Tech Soft America

Tech Soft America (TSA) provides premier customer driven development tools, consulting and support services enabling its partners to rapidly deliver world-class technical software. TSA develops the HOOPS 3D Application Framework, HOOPS Stream Toolkit and HOOPS Net Server, all components designed to dramatically simplify the design, development and maintenance of high-performance, interactive 2D and 3D applications built for PCs, UNIX workstations, Linux, MAC OS X and Windows-CE based handheld devices.

HOOPS technology has been incorporated into over 175 commercial software applications, including many of the leaders in CAD/CAM and CAE software. The company maintains corporate headquarters in Oakland, California and can be reached at http://www.hoops3d.com.

All brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2004 Tech Soft America.

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