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Trimble Appoints Vice President of Component Technologies

Portable Information Platforms and Timing Applications Get a Boost


SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 29, 1999 -- With the goal of pursuing Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled portable information platforms and timing applications, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Dennis L. Workman, 54, has been appointed vice president of Component Technologies.
 
As vice president of Component Technologies, Workman will be responsible for leading the company's automotive, timing and embedded solutions markets. These markets have been consolidated and are a part of the Mobile and Timing Technologies (MTT) group. The goals of the Component Technologies' organization are to provide system integrators with innovative timing solutions for the telecommunications industry and core GPS technologies to enable automotive and mobile battery-operated information products.
 
"Dennis will be a strong addition to the senior management team. His leadership has created a growing and profitable business with a strong market position," said Steven W. Berglund, president and CEO. "Dennis appointment reflects the company's commitment to achieve additional organizational focus to bring Trimble GPS technology to mainstream platforms in emerging markets."
 
During Workman's four year tenure at Trimble, he has held a variety of senior-level management positions with increasing responsibility. He joined the company in 1995 as director of timing where he led the development of GPS-based precision timing products for the wireless telecom market. In 1997, he was promoted to director of engineering for the Software and Component Technologies business. His responsibilities included leading the engineering activities for the company's high-volume sensor and timing business. In 1998, Workman was appointed senior director and chief technical officer of the newly formed MTT business group which included the high volume and timing businesses, mobile positioning, military and advanced systems, and commercial avionics. Most recently, Workman served as general manager of Trimble's Automotive and Timing as well as chief technology officer for the MTT group.
 
Prior to Trimble, Workman held various senior-level technical positions at Datum Inc. During his 9 year tenure at Datum, he was responsible for leading the technology development of the hardware and software GPS products for the company. Workman also led the development of board-level products unrelated to GPS for the Bancomm division of Datum. Bancomm manufactures board-level and instrumentation products for precision timing and data logging applications.
 
In 1978, Workman co-founded Bancomm. In 1984, he was appointed president and continued to lead technology development. In 1986, Bancomm was acquired by Datum.
 
Prior to Bancomm, Workman co-founded Compression Labs in 1977. He served as chief technical officer where he led the efforts to develop the company's innovative video compression and conferencing systems.
 
Workman began his career at Chicago Aerial Industries as lead engineer to develop the first computer controller heads-up display for fighter aircraft. He then joined Goodyear Aerospace, now Loral, as program manager to develop imaging radar systems for the Department of Defense and NASA.
 
Workman received a BS in mathematics from St. Marys College in 1967 and an MS in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969.
 
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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