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Trimble Navigation Limited
935 Stewart Drive
Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
1.408.481.8000 phone
1.408.481.7781 fax

  NEWS RELEASE

 
Trimble Unveils Next Generation GPS Technology with
Half-Watt Power Consumption

AMSTERDAM, June 16, 1999 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the latest addition to its Lassen family of board-level products, the Lassen™ SK II GPS module. The Lassen SK II is a small, high-performance Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver with half-watt power consumption. Designed specifically for embedded solutions, the Lassen SK II offers reliable GPS information for navigation, tracking, data collection and timing applications. Integrators can easily add GPS with minimal impact on a system's power supply.
 
The announcement was made at the European Intelligent Transportation Systems Congress and Exhibition.
 
The Lassen SK II builds on the original Lassen™-SK8's outstanding performance for demanding automotive applications. It is fully compatible with first generation Lassen-SK8 applications providing an easy upgrade path for system integrators. The receiver is intended for OEMs and system integrators who require low-power consumption, maximum GPS performance and flexibility.
 
Approximately two-thirds the width of a business card, the Lassen SK II makes use of the latest advances in silicon technology to offer even more robust radio frequency (RF) performance. Tighter integration of the RF front end using Trimble's proprietary ASIC technology has reduced the component count by 25 percent, cutting power consumption to less than half a watt.
 
The Lassen SK II offers the highest performance available in a miniature GPS receiver with fast signal acquisition, even in urban canyons, and reliable performance. The receiver operates in extended temperature ranges from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius. The receiver is also differential GPS (DGPS) ready for applications that require accuracies of better than two meters.
 
The Lassen SK II is expected to be available in September 1999 through Trimble's worldwide sales organization.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a world leader in the emerging commercial markets for GPS satellite-based navigation, positioning and communication data products. The company holds more U.S. patents on GPS and related technology than any other organization. Trimble products are sold world-wide for diverse applications including land and hydrographic surveying; mapping/GIS data acquisition; agriculture; military; general, corporate and commercial aviation; marine navigation; vehicle tracking and communications; and mobile GPS. The company also manufactures and sells GPS engines for the OEM market. Founded in 1978 and located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been a leader in providing GPS solutions since 1984.

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




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