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935 Stewart Drive
Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
1.408.481.8000 phone
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Trimble Puts GPS Mapping in Your Pocket

Innovative Compact GPS Receiver Works with Popular Handheld Computing Devices

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 27, 2001 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced a uniquely designed personal, pocket-sized Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver for the mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) market. Developed to use with a number of popular handheld devices including pen-based or laptop computers, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices, the GPS Pathfinder® Pocket receiver is rugged, compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry and use, while still providing the sophisticated results required by GIS professionals.
 
At 5 oz. and small enough to fit into your pocket, the new Pocket GPS receiver gives GIS professionals a personal GPS that won't restrict mobility or get in the way of task performance. And with very efficient power management the GPS Pathfinder Pocket receiver keeps day-to-day power-related costs to a minimum.
 
"The GPS Pathfinder Pocket receiver answers the need in the GIS community for a receiver that is literally invisible to the user," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Mapping and GIS Division. "With the power and capabilities of much larger units, the Pocket receiver makes field data management activities quick, easy and robust. Yet because of its size, it doesn't impede the operator."
 
As part of Trimble's popular GPS Pathfinder product line, the GPS Pathfinder Pocket receiver provides a complementary product for field-based applications that makes it easier for the GIS professional to find the right solution for the task. The Pocket receiver integrates easily to popular handheld devices; interacting seamlessly with Trimble's TerraSyncTM data maintenance software and the GPS Pathfinder® Tools software development kit. The receiver can also be used directly with other third-party application software, by configuring the receiver to output TSIP or NMEA message strings.
 
The Pocket receiver is real-time differential ready and can be operated with Trimble's Beacon on a Belt (BoBTM); it also comes with a removable battery that provides a full-day (>10 hours) of power and has flexible recharging options. The Pocket receiver can be carried in a pocket, purse or in an optional waist pouch uniquely designed to carry both the receiver and a PDA device for additional protection and convenience. The receiver's miniature, magnetic-based antenna can be mounted on a specially designed cap for ease-of-use and to provide a clear view of the sky, carried on a backpack or mounted directly to the roof of a vehicle.
 
Availability
 
The GPS Pathfinder Pocket receiver is available now through the Trimble's Mapping and GIS 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 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
 

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



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