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SolidWorks unveils 64-bit editions of software

SolidWorks Corp. ( has released a 64-bit version of SolidWorks CAD and COSMOS design analysis software packages for working with extremely large assemblies.

SolidWorks 2006 x64 Edition and COSMOS 2006 x64 Edition are designed to be used with the Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system and give engineers 8 terabytes of memory.

The company says the program will allow engineers who design heavy equipment, packing plant machinery, and other large devices to display, modify and analyze an assembly of any size with any number of components.

The 64-bit functionality gives the programs access to hundreds of times more memory than was possible on Microsoft's previous, 32-bit operating system. "Engineers no longer have to break up large assemblies into "chunks" because of memory limits in Windows," the company said in a statement.

SolidWorks 2006 x64 Edition and COSMOS 2006 x64 Edition became available in the first week of February.

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