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  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Showcases New Laser Transmitter and Machine Control Solutions

New 1445 Steep Slope Laser Transmitter and SR21 Laser Receiver Build on
Expanding Product Family for Laser-Based Machine Control

MUNICH, April 3, 2001 - As part of Trimble's (NASDAQ:TRMB) on-going commitment to its laser-based machine control product line, the Company today showcased two new systems designed to provide the construction industry with tools for improving accuracy and efficiency on the jobsite. The new 1445 steep slope laser transmitter and the new SR21 laser receiver build on Spectra Precision's years of leadership in the design and development of laser transmitters.
 
The products are being showcased for the first time at the Bauma 2001 International Trade Fair, the world's largest construction equipment exposition.
 
The innovative Spectra Precision steep slope 1445 laser transmitter by Trimble provides grade information for slopes of up to 110 percent. The 1445 is ideal for large heavy and general construction projects requiring high accuracy on steep slopes, such as embankments, landfills, or large industrial sites. The 1445 laser transmitter uses advanced technology that offers higher stability and more consistent accuracy over long distances.
 
The 1445 builds on the combined expertise of Spectra Precision's laser and Trimble's wireless technologies. The transmitter features a wireless remote offering even greater project efficiency by allowing the operator to automatically change grade and alignment settings remotely.
 
Trimble is also showcasing the SR21 laser control receiver. The SR21 represents the next generation of Trimble's laser receivers and is ideal for use with motorgraders and dozers.
 
Incorporating patented technology, the SR21 is a linear receiver, which allows contractors to get to grade faster and more smoothly through the use of automated proportional grade control. The SR21 allows operators to work through grade changes up to 10 times greater than traditional receivers.
 
The SR21 is available with an operating range of up to two meters and allows the operator to automatically set the ongrade position anywhere on the receiver with the press of a button. Additionally, with no moving parts, the SR21 offers higher reliability than mechanical systems.
 
"The new laser products from Trimble build on the leadership Spectra Precision brought to the machine control market and solidifies the commitment Trimble has to serving the construction industry," said Mark Nichols, division vice president of machine control for Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division. "With new product features that improve accuracy and efficiency, these two new laser products provide contractors with easy-to-use, highly automated tools for nearly any project where grade control is critical."
 
The 1445 steep slope transmitter and SR21 laser receiver are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2001 through Trimble's Engineering and Construction Division dealer network.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 

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



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