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  NEWS RELEASE

 

Trimble Introduces the Lassen DR+GPS Module for Vehicle and Asset Tracking Applications


HANNOVER, Germany, March 15, 2007 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the Lassen® DR+GPS module that combines dead reckoning (DR) with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology on a single, compact board. When GPS signals are limited or not available, such as in urban canyons and tunnels, the Trimble Lassen DR+GPS module provides reliable and accurate positioning information. It is an ideal solution for system integrators or OEMs who are adding location capabilities to vehicle navigation, fleet management and asset tracking systems.

The announcement was made today at CeBIT, the world's largest trade fair showcasing digital IT and telecommunications solutions for home and work environments.

Dead reckoning estimates position based on heading and distance traveled since the last known position. The more accurate the speed, time and heading inputs, the more accurate the dead reckoning. This is where GPS helps. GPS continuously calibrates the gyro and speed sensors to produce optimal dead reckoning.

The Lassen DR+GPS module accepts inputs from an analog gyro, an odometer pulse and a forward/reverse indicator. Its sophisticated DR+GPS algorithm automatically calibrates these sensors and optimally blends the sensor inputs and GPS to produce accurate position and velocity outputs in hostile GPS environments such as urban canyons.

"Trimble has been a leading supplier of dead reckoning technology for vehicle applications for nearly 15 years and has shipped over one million DR+GPS custom units," said Steve Ruff, general manager of Trimble's Embedded Technologies. "In the past, dead reckoning integration was considered too complex or expensive for most commercial applications. Today, the Lassen DR+GPS module makes dead reckoning integration easy and cost-effective with features such as automatic sensor detection and calibration. Trimble has simplified the complexities of DR and has made its integration more practical for a broad range of vehicle and asset management applications."

The Lassen DR+GPS module and developers kit are available now through Trimble's distribution network. 

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.

Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual events and results may differ materially from those described in this press release. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, the performance of and customer satisfaction with the Lassen DR+GPS module; competitive pricing and market acceptance of the module; third party patent infringement claims regarding the underlying technology; and economic trends and competitive pressure. More information about potential factors which could affect Trimbles business and financial results is set forth in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. All forward looking statements are based on information available to Trimble as of the date hereof, and Trimble assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838

Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808




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