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HP AND MSC KICK OFF CONTEST TO HELP AMERICAONE WIN AMERICA’S CUP 2000

Competition Raises Awareness of Technology’s Role in Creating Winning Designs

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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 14, 1999 -- Hewlett-Packard Company, Engineering-e.com (a division of The MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation (MSC)) and AmericaOne today launched an online competition that will showcase the design technology used in the development of AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based challenger for the America’s Cup 2000 sailboat race. The winning design may be used on one of AmericaOne’s two International America’s Cup Class (IACC) sailboats in their bid to recapture the America’s Cup from New Zealand. Complete contest rules, regulations and prize information is available at http://www.americaonedesign.org.

The contest focuses on the design of a "jib halyard lock," a mechanical device attached to the mast that secures the jib halyard after a foresail sail has been raised. Participants will be asked to provide designs for a new jib halyard lock. The contest will be held June 14 through Sept. 1. Winners will be announced around Sept. 15.

"As the No. 1 provider of high-performance computing solutions for the technical marketplace, HP is a key part of AmericaOne’s efforts to design the fastest boat," said Janice Chaffin, vice president and general manager of HP’s Business Critical Computing Business Unit. "This contest will further enhance AmericaOne’s competitive advantage and raise awareness of the critical role HP technology plays in creating winning designs, both in the America’s Cup and in business enterprises worldwide."

"MSC’s products have been used in the design of virtually every vehicle used on land and in the air today, so it’s natural to put this expertise to work in partnership with the AmericaOne design team," said Dan Bryce, vice president and general manager of Engineering-e.com. "This contest and partnership demonstrates the power that Engineering-e.com delivers by combining products, services and information dedicated to solve real-world engineering challenges, like the ones faced by the AmericaOne."

The grand-prize winner will receive two roundtrip airline tickets from the United States to New Zealand, along with lodging and meals in Auckland for one week. The grand prize also includes participation as the "17th Crewmember" on the AmericaOne sailboat during one Round Robin I race of the Louis Vuitton Cup in October. Second- and third-place prizes also will be awarded.

"The America’s Cup is a race built upon the successful application of leading-edge technology," said Paul Cayard, skipper and chief executive officer of AmericaOne. "From the onset of our campaign, AmericaOne believed that technical computing was one of the cornerstones for successfully developing and evaluating thousands of candidate boat designs. We are pleased that HP and MSC are allocating significant resources and engineering expertise behind our campaign. This design contest further demonstrates AmericaOne’s commitment to leverage state-of-the-art computational technologies to bring the America’s Cup race to the San Francisco Bay."

HP and MSC are providing technology to support the AmericaOne syndicate in its quest to return the Cup. As an official sponsor, HP is providing the AmericaOne syndicate with an integrated computing solution that includes high-performance HP 9000 Technical Servers and UNIX(R) system and Windows NT(R) on HP VISUALIZE workstations, which are enabling breakthrough achievements in the design of the keel, hull and sails for the AmericaOne sailboats. As an official supplier, MSC is providing MSC/NASTRAN software to the AmericaOne design team to help them achieve a greater understanding of how the candidate boat designs will perform during race conditions.

About AmericaOne

AmericaOne is dedicated to recapturing the America’s Cup by applying U.S. technology in aerodynamics, computer equipment, hydrodynamics, naval architecture, sail design and structural engineering to America’s Cup sailboat design. Operating since June 1, 1996, AmericaOne is the challenger on behalf of San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club. AmericaOne technology partners and top-level sponsors include Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. In June, the AmericaOne team will begin its California-based training program. To learn more about AmericaOne visit:

EDITORIAL CONTACTS:

Klaudeen Shemirani
Cunningham Communication, Inc. for HP
(650) 858-3863
Gina von Esmarch
AmericaOne
(415) 474-3425
gvonesmarch@americaone.org
Lisa Stein
NMC Partners for MSC
(562) 436-4787

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