REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 21, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. today announced plans by Chrysler Corp. to begin adoption of the Intel Architecture and Microsoft® Windows NT® Workstation operating system. Chrysler is preparing for an initial rollout in early 1999 of Intel Pentium ÒII Xeon™ and Windows NT-based workstations running CATIA, a two- and three-dimensional computer aided design software application for engineers involved in new product design and manufacturing processes.
The recent availability of CATIA running on Intel Architecture and Windows NT-based workstations is a key factor in Chrysler’s decision to move critical applications over from UNIX systems. The company is currently testing for CATIA engineering and design applications on workstations based on Pentium II Xeon processors and Windows NT, and has been impressed with results. Using Intel Architecture and Windows NT-based workstations, Chrysler will be able to reduce support and training costs by moving from two systems on the desktops of engineers and designers to a single engineering workstation that can run both PC and workstation applications.
“Our principal goal in moving to Intel Architecture and Windows NT Workstation is to have a unifying infrastructure that allows Chrysler to react more quickly to our customers, suppliers and the market,”
said Norman Powell, manager of technical services, technical computer center at Chrysler.
“We expect the new workstations to help us reduce operational costs and time to market, while increasing design and engineering innovation.”
“Chrysler’s decision to use Pentium II Xeon-based workstations is the latest example of our successful efforts to drive the Intel Architecture into areas that need the highest workstation performance,”
said Andre Wolper, director of industry marketing, workstation product division, Intel.
“With development efforts for industry-leading software applications focused increasingly on Intel-based workstations running Windows NT, the shift from proprietary workstations is very compelling for customers.”
“Deploying Windows NT-based workstations will not only deliver added functionality to Chrysler engineers in specific areas of development and user flexibility, but will also increase their ability to run a variety of engineering analysis and business productivity applications from a single desktop,”
said Bruce Irish, group marketing manager for engineering and manufacturing at Microsoft.
“The simplicity and innovation of the Windows NT platform combined with the power of Intel Architecture will lower the total cost of ownership and enhance productivity for Chrysler while satisfying its demanding engineering workstation requirements.”
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