Trimble Navigation Limited
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Trimble Unveils Innovative GPS Architecture for
SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2000 -- With the goal of providing the smallest and lowest power Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver for mobile devices, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) unveiled today its new FirstGPSTM architecture. Trimble's FirstGPS architecture is specifically developed for power-sensitive mobile information devices such as laptops, PDAs, digital cameras, smart phones, pagers and automobile navigation systems. The architecture allows high-volume manufacturers of consumer products to add GPS location with minimal impact on the device's size or battery life.
Trimble's FirstGPS architecture is a proven technology already in use in Japan. Partnering with Seiko Epson, Trimble's pre-production architecture was first implemented in the Locatio. Seiko Epson's Locatio is the world. s first combination PDA, wireless phone, personal navigator and digital camera capable of accessing the Internet. Additional information in Japanese can be found at http://www.i-love-epson.co.jp/locatio/
"Trimble's new architecture enables a broader range of high-volume mobile information platforms to add GPS functionality where size, power, flexibility and cost are key factors," said Dennis Workman, Trimble's vice president of Component Technologies. "We have a mission to make location technology a part of everyday life. These technology advances will make a greater number of consumer applications possible."
Ultra-low Power Consumption
The FirstGPS architecture continues Trimble's tradition of superior and reliable performance in urban canyons and other weak-signal environments. While FirstGPS is designed for autonomous operation, this flexible architecture can also take advantage of server-based techniques for faster signal acquisition, higher position accuracy and enhanced sensitivity.
Compact Form Factor
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808