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Trimble Introduces New AgGPS 332 Receiver with Multiple GPS Correction and Accuracy Options
Trimble AgGPS 332 Receiver: First to Use OmniSTAR XP Service
DECATUR, Ill., Aug. 30, 2005 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the AgGPS 332 Ultimate Choice receiver, a high-performance Global Positioning System (GPS) L1/L2 band receiver capable of submeter, decimeter and centimeter accuracy. The AgGPS 332 receiver works with Trimble's full range of products from the EZ-Guide® Plus lightbar and EZ-Steer™ assisted steering system to the top-of-the line AgGPS Autopilot™ RTK system. The GPS receiver provides an easy upgrade path to increase accuracy regardless of the crop type or farming operation.
The announcement was made today at the Farm Progress Show.
"The AgGPS 332 receiver takes GPS to a new level providing flexibility in one receiver," said Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. "Based on Trimble's reliable technology, the AgGPS 332 protects the farmers' equipment investment: now farmers can choose one receiver for all their guidance needs."
The AgGPS 332 Ultimate Choice receiver offers farmers the most flexibility in choosing the GPS correction method and accuracy required for their farming operations, whether broadacre or row crop. This breakthrough GPS technology gives growers the ability to obtain pass-to-pass performance with Trimble guidance systems ranging from 1 inch pass-to-pass with the Trimble RTK solution, to 3-5 inch with OmniSTAR XP, to 2-4 inch with HP satellite service, or to 6-8 inch with Differential GPS (DGPS) options (95% of the time). Year-to-year or static accuracy of the AgGPS 332 is 1 inch with Trimble RTK, decimeter accuracy using the new OmniSTAR XP or HP satellite service, or sub-meter using the DGPS including beacon, OmniSTAR VBS service or SBAS such as WAAS or EGNOS.
"Positioning accuracy and repeatability are key in precision farming. With this in mind, OmniSTAR has created a new level of positioning accuracy with the launch of our XP service," said John Pointon, director of sales and marketing of OmniSTAR. "With the introduction of the new AgGPS 332 receiver, Trimble is offering the first GPS receiver to take advantage of this XP service. Together with Trimble, we are providing accuracy of just a few inches at a very competitive rate for precision farming."
The AgGPS 332 receiver saves time and farm input costs such as fuel, seed and agri-chemicals. One receiver can be used for broadacre or row crops for any field operation, eliminating the need for multiple GPS receivers. The receiver with display is situated in the cab and is easy-to-use and transfer between vehicles. The AgGPS 332 can be used with Trimble's AgGPS Autopilot system, the AgGPS EZ-Guide Plus lightbar guidance system, or the EZ-Steer assisted steering system or for any other precision applications requiring GPS.
The AgGPS 332 Ultimate Choice receiver is expected to be available in September 2005.
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, California, Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Media Contact: LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808