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Trimble Expands Military Product Line
Company Introduces Three Additions to its Force Family

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 15, 1999 -- Continuing to provide next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to system integrators, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today three additions to its Force™ family of military receivers- Force 18, a miniature GRASM receiver; Force 19, a GPS Attitude Determination System; and the Force 20, a Precise Positioning System (PPS) GPS PCMCIA card.
 
The announcement was made at the Institute of Navigation GPS '99 Conference.
 
Force 18 Miniature GRASM Receiver
 
Trimble's Force 18 is a 12-channel, all-in-view, dual-frequency P(Y) code module designed to incorporate Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) technology. The miniature module can be tightly coupled with an inertial navigation system (INS) for high-dynamic platforms such as aircraft or missiles. The Force 18 is designed for 100g acceleration with 50 Hz aiding data. The GPS Receiver Application Module (GRAM) Guidelines have been utilized to provide the highest compatibility with other fielded systems. GPS Joint Program Office (JPO) security approval for the Force 18 is in process.
 
Force 19 Attitude Determination System
 
The Force 19 is an all-in-view, 12- channel, C/A-code, dual-frequency GPS attitude determination and position location system. Coupled with an array of four low-profile antennas, the Force 19 is ideal for vehicle applications that require three-axis attitude and three dimensional position and velocity-whether the applications are on land, sea or air. The Force 19 is also being repackaged with a power supply that will provide more utility to our customers. This version is available in a P(Y) code Vector configuration which updates attitudes at up to 10 Hz and can be upgraded to SAASM.
 
Force 20 PCMCIA GPS PPS Card
 
Trimble's Force 20 is an all-in-view, 12-channel, dual-frequency, SAASM-based PPS, Type 3 PC Card. It provides portable computing for applications such as individual geolocations, mission planning and movement tracking systems. The Force 20 provides a 26-pin data input/out port for full key-fill and data entry that is compliant with ICD-GPS-153, NMEA, RTCM 104 and an MMCX RF connection. The PC card is designed to GRAM Guidelines and GPS JPO security approval is in progress.
 
Availability
 
The Force 18 is expected to be available in 4th quarter of 1999. The Force 19 is available now. The Force 20 is expected to be available in 1st quarter of 2000.
 
About Trimble
 
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, construction, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 200 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 180 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.
 
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808



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