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Trimble Puts Powerful Eight-Channel GPS Technology in
Popular Form Factor

High-Performance GPS Receiver Module for Vehicle Tracking, Data Collection

GENEVA, Oct. 11, 1999 -- Combining its next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with its most popular form factor for system integrators, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced its SVeeEight Plus GPS™ receiver. The receiver integrates Trimble's 8-channel technology in the popular SVeeSix Plus form factor, making it a high-accuracy, reliable and low-cost upgrade solution for mobile applications.
The announcement was made at the World Telecom '99 Exhibition.
"The SVeeEight Plus puts Trimble's state-of-the-art GPS technology in a convenient plug-and-play form factor demanded by today's vehicle tracking and data collection users," said Joel Avey, Trimble's OEM product manager. "By using the latest advances in silicon technology, the SVeeEight Plus provides top performance with fewer components, which means more performance and lower power consumption."
Designed as a direct replacement to the SVeeSix Plus family of receivers, the new SVeeEight Plus is ideal for plug-and-play vehicle location and security applications. Packaged in the tough metal enclosure made popular in the SVeeSix Plus, the SVeeEight Plus is ready for fast installation and easy integration by vehicle tracking and data collection system integrators. It meets vehicle shock and vibration standards, and European CE mark requirements.
The SVeeEight Plus GPS module is fast, reliable and accurate. Trimble's 8-channel technology provides rapid start-up times and dependable worldwide, day-and-night, all-weather position and velocity data. Even in areas where satellite signals are weakened by terrain, foliage and structures, Trimble's software uses advanced tracking algorithms to deliver highly accurate position data. Position and velocity filters give smooth, reliable positions for mobile applications. And for even higher levels of accuracy, the SVeeEight Plus GPS module is differential GPS (DGPS) ready. In addition, Trimble's advanced technology cuts the SVeeEight Plus power consumption to less than 1.5 watts in 12 volt applications.
Aimed at user flexibility, the SVeeEight Plus is equipped with user-configurable dual serial I/O ports and choice of three protocols: easy-to-use TAIP, ideal for tracking applications; powerful TSIP, for maximum data and control over the GPS receiver; or NMEA 0132, with a selection of standard NMEA data messages. The module also allows the user to configure either port to receive RTCM SC-104 differential corrections for DGPS operation.
The SVeeEight Plus is expected to be available December, 1999.
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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