Trimble enhances its Nomad 900 series rugged computers, takes WinMo further into the field

Windows Phone 7 may be the talk of the town, but good 'ol Windows Mobile is still gettin' 'er done in industrial devices around the country, gadgets like the Trimble Nomad 900 series. These rugged and suitably yellow handhelds are now even better at finding their way through the wilderness with improved GPS circuitry to decrease the time it takes to pull coordinates from the heavenly bodies above. Also new is a 5 megapixel camera with flash, paired with the same 806MHz processor, and 3.5-inch VGA display, 128MB of RAM, and 6GB of flash storage. Not enough for you? CompactFlash expansion is on offer, and you know how cheap CF cards are these days.

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Trimble Introduces Next Generation Nomad Series of
Outdoor Rugged Handheld Computers

With Ultra-Fast Processor, High-Resolution Camera, Enhanced GPS and New Wi-Fi Capabilities

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2010 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the next generation of the Trimble® Nomad® outdoor rugged handheld computers. The Nomad 900 series adds a 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, enhanced GPS performance, and new Wi-Fi® capabilities. These new features, along with the its rugged construction and computing power, make the Trimble Nomad 900 series ideal for mobile workers in forestry, public safety, surveying, construction, mapping, field service, utilities, and other outdoor or service-related fields.

The announcement was made today at Trimble Dimensions 2010.

Powered by an ultra-fast 806 MHz processor and Trimble?s optimized graphics processing, advanced caching and proprietary high-speed journaling file system, the Trimble Nomad 900 series handhelds are some of the fastest Windows Mobile® computers on the market today. The 900 series offers top-of-the-line performance with a 5200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, up to 6 GB of Flash memory and a sunlight visible VGA touch screen display. The Trimble Nomad 900 series meets MIL-STD-810F standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes and comes with an IP67 rating. In addition, users can take advantage of the Trimble Nomad 900 series CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD) slots to add more devices, such as SD/SDHC memory and RFID.

Trimble has designed the Nomad handheld to be the ultimate all-in-one computing device for asset management. With the Trimble Nomad 900 series handheld's improved camera and flash, low light and night images are crisp and bright so that mobile workers can capture and geotag assets with confidence-even the fine print associated with an asset, such as a fire inspection tag, can be easily read. Tuned to maximize the integrated GPS receiver's performance, the Trimble Nomad 900 series handheld has an enhanced antenna design which provides a rapid Time-to-First Fix (TTF) to improve GPS productivity in difficult GPS conditions. The handhelds ship with the Windows Mobile® 6.1 operating system, featuring a redesigned user interface, enhanced security, simpler email and Bluetooth setup, and more.

"Reliability is a huge challenge for field?to-office connectivity which is a key reason that customers have chosen the Trimble Nomad handheld," said Bill Martin, general manager for Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions Division. "With the addition of a higher resolution camera, enhanced GPS, as well as enhanced connectivity and security with Wi-Fi, the next generation Trimble Nomad handheld sets a new standard in rugged mobile computing, providing a highly dependable way to increase productivity through field-to-office connectivity."

"Our customers depend on us to not only recommend a mobile device that meets their technical needs, but also one that's going to stand up to their rugged environments," said Steve Leuschner, president of Cardinal Tracking, a Trimble authorized dealer. "The Trimble brand is synonymous with reliability and the Nomad series delivers on that promise. A complete and rich feature set and an unmatched ultra-rugged design is a win-win for Cardinal and our customers."

The Trimble Nomad 900 series handhelds are available in a variety of configurations. The series features multiple language options including, English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), and Spanish. The series also features an auto-switching AC battery charger with four wall outlet adapters; and numerous certifications to compliance with international standards in the Americas, Europe and Asia ensure it is ready for worldwide use.

For GIS data collection and asset management activities, the Trimble Nomad 900G series handhelds are available in a variety of configurations. The 900G series feature a 6 GB of Flash storage ideal for field GIS applications with large geospatial datasets, and the GPS receiver enhancements in the 900G series allow GPS data to be postprocessed to an accuracy of 1 to 3 meters. In addition, the Trimble Nomad 900G series handhelds are compatible with the entire portfolio of Trimble Mapping & GIS field and office software products. To support the international user community, operating system downloads for the 900G series are available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, as well as Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

The entire line of Trimble Nomad 900 and 900G series outdoor rugged handheld computers are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2010 from Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions and Mapping & GIS authorized distributors.

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About Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions Division

Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions Division offers innovative products that enable mobile workers to be more efficient in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. The Trimble Nomad®, Recon®, Ranger™, and Yuma® outdoor rugged handheld computers help users collect accurate field data and work more productively in any outdoor or service-related application. Trimble?s handheld computers meet MIL-STD-810F military specifications for drops, vibration, immersion and temperature extremes, and with an IP67 rating, are protected against water and dust.

About Trimble's Mapping & GIS Division

Trimble's Mapping & GIS Division offerings combine positioning, communications and software to equip the mobile workforce. Providing focused field solutions for the utilities, natural resources, and government industries, Mapping & GIS hardware and software solutions facilitate the collecting and maintaining complex spatial information through a range of high accuracy, rugged, and easy to use products.

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, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.