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Trimble Adds New AA Battery Module to Nomad Rugged Handheld Computer
Nomad Can Run Four Hours on Two AA Batteries Without Compromising Performance

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2007 — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today a AA Battery Module for the Nomad™ rugged handheld computer. The new module allows users to run the Nomad an average of four hours using two AA alkaline batteries without affecting its rugged performance capabilities.

"Many of our Nomad users can�t recharge their handheld�s battery in the field, so they really need the ability to run on AA batteries," said Dale Kyle, rugged handhelds product manager for Tripod Data Systems, a Trimble company. "The Nomad's ability to operate in challenging environments is what makes it so popular, and the AA Battery Module extends its potential uses into even more mobile computing applications."

When running on AA alkaline batteries, the Nomad's power meter adapts to accurately gauge battery life, and it records when the batteries were installed to better track battery use. With the AA Battery Module attached, the Nomad retains its MIL-STD-810F rating for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. And unlike other rugged handhelds that reset if dropped while running on AA batteries, the Nomad uses a special capacitor to prevent the unit from resetting after a drop or other shock. The new AA Battery Module is available now and is priced at US$90 MSRP.

Launched in July, the Nomad is Trimble's most capable rugged handheld computer. It offers class-leading performance with an 806 MHz Marvell PXA320 XScale processor, 128 MB RAM and a hot-swappable rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. Built-in Bluetooth is standard, with built-in 802.11g wireless communication optional. The Nomad�s touchscreen VGA display is sharp and clear in sunlight, and it presents maps and other graphics-intensive files in better detail than a typical QVGA display. The Nomad also comes with Windows Mobile® 6.0, the latest version of Microsoft's operating system for mobile devices. As with other Trimble rugged handhelds, the Nomad meets the MIL-STD-810F standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also comes with an IP67 rating, which means it�s completely sealed against dust and can survive immersion in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes. It weighs just 21 ounces and is shaped to fit comfortably in the user's hand.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.

For more information about Trimble outdoor rugged handheld computers, visit, e-mail or call 541-750-9200.

Investor Relations Contact:   Willa McManmon of Trimble: 408-481-7838
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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