Trimble's FirstGPS Technology Now in Low Power, Miniature Module

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Trimble

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq:   TRMB) today
 launched its M-Loc(TM) MPM(TM) module, a tiny measurement platform module
 using the Company's innovative FirstGPS(TM) technology that allows OEMs to
 easily integrate Global Positioning System (GPS) location in mobile products
 for less power, less space and lower cost than previously possible.
     The announcement was made today at the 2001 Embedded Systems Conference.
     The M-Loc MPM's FirstGPS(TM) technology allows high-volume manufacturers
 to add GPS location to mobile devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDAs,
 laptops, smart phones, digital cameras and car navigation systems, with
 minimal impact on the device's size or battery life. Requiring less
 integration time than a basic chipset, the module also allows customers to get
 products to market faster -- and with less initial risk and expense.
     "With the M-Loc MPM module, Trimble today bridges the economic and design
 gap between the chipset and traditional GPS board solutions for the growing
 mobile market worldwide," said Joel Avey, director of marketing for Trimble's
 Component Technologies Division. "M-Loc is not just another GPS receiver:
 M-Loc MPM incorporates Trimble's unique host-based architecture which
 leverages the mobile device's CPU and memory to calculate position, velocity
 and time to significantly lower component count and product cost."
     Ultra-low Power Consumption The M-Loc MPM's FirstGPS technology offers the
 lowest power consumption of any GPS receiver on the market today. Requiring
 only 1/3 the power of most receivers (43 milliwatts at 3.3 volts when updating
 positions every second), the M-Loc MPM module is ideal for power-sensitive
 applications. For devices that only need location-on-demand, several sleep and
 low-power modes allow for further power savings and longer battery life.
 
     Host-based Architecture
     The M-Loc MPM's FirstGPS technology is the only host-based architecture on
 the market today that allows flexible integration of GPS with other real-time
 software tasks. Without burdening the other applications running on the mobile
 device, FirstGPS leverages the host microprocessor (CPU) and memory to
 calculate the GPS position, velocity and time (PVT) solutions. This innovative
 technology, which is microprocessor and real-time operating system (RTOS)
 independent, eliminates redundant CPUs and memory thereby reducing overall
 component count and product cost.
     The FirstGPS technology continues Trimble's tradition of superior and
 reliable performance in urban canyons and other weak-signal environments.
 While FirstGPS is designed for autonomous operation, this flexible technology
 can also take advantage of server-based techniques for faster signal
 acquisition, higher position accuracy and enhanced sensitivity.
 
     Compact Form Factor
     The M-Loc MPM is extremely compact. Its high level of integration and low
 component count enables a footprint as small as one square inch (25mm x 25mm).
 This small footprint facilitates the integration of GPS functionality into a
 variety of mobile devices without adversely affecting product form factor and
 size. Additionally, the board is enclosed in an RF shield, eliminating the
 need for designing shielding into products.
 
     Availability
     The M-Loc MPM module is expected to be available in July of 2001 through
 Trimble's Component Technologies distribution channels.
 
     About Trimble
     Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS)
 technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments
 GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and
 software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence
 and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging
 applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance,
 asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure.
 Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than
 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
     For an interactive look at company news and products, visit Trimble's Web
 site at http://www.trimble.com .
 
 

SOURCE Trimble
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (Nasdaq:   TRMB) today
 launched its M-Loc(TM) MPM(TM) module, a tiny measurement platform module
 using the Company's innovative FirstGPS(TM) technology that allows OEMs to
 easily integrate Global Positioning System (GPS) location in mobile products
 for less power, less space and lower cost than previously possible.
     The announcement was made today at the 2001 Embedded Systems Conference.
     The M-Loc MPM's FirstGPS(TM) technology allows high-volume manufacturers
 to add GPS location to mobile devices such as cell phones, pagers, PDAs,
 laptops, smart phones, digital cameras and car navigation systems, with
 minimal impact on the device's size or battery life. Requiring less
 integration time than a basic chipset, the module also allows customers to get
 products to market faster -- and with less initial risk and expense.
     "With the M-Loc MPM module, Trimble today bridges the economic and design
 gap between the chipset and traditional GPS board solutions for the growing
 mobile market worldwide," said Joel Avey, director of marketing for Trimble's
 Component Technologies Division. "M-Loc is not just another GPS receiver:
 M-Loc MPM incorporates Trimble's unique host-based architecture which
 leverages the mobile device's CPU and memory to calculate position, velocity
 and time to significantly lower component count and product cost."
     Ultra-low Power Consumption The M-Loc MPM's FirstGPS technology offers the
 lowest power consumption of any GPS receiver on the market today. Requiring
 only 1/3 the power of most receivers (43 milliwatts at 3.3 volts when updating
 positions every second), the M-Loc MPM module is ideal for power-sensitive
 applications. For devices that only need location-on-demand, several sleep and
 low-power modes allow for further power savings and longer battery life.
 
     Host-based Architecture
     The M-Loc MPM's FirstGPS technology is the only host-based architecture on
 the market today that allows flexible integration of GPS with other real-time
 software tasks. Without burdening the other applications running on the mobile
 device, FirstGPS leverages the host microprocessor (CPU) and memory to
 calculate the GPS position, velocity and time (PVT) solutions. This innovative
 technology, which is microprocessor and real-time operating system (RTOS)
 independent, eliminates redundant CPUs and memory thereby reducing overall
 component count and product cost.
     The FirstGPS technology continues Trimble's tradition of superior and
 reliable performance in urban canyons and other weak-signal environments.
 While FirstGPS is designed for autonomous operation, this flexible technology
 can also take advantage of server-based techniques for faster signal
 acquisition, higher position accuracy and enhanced sensitivity.
 
     Compact Form Factor
     The M-Loc MPM is extremely compact. Its high level of integration and low
 component count enables a footprint as small as one square inch (25mm x 25mm).
 This small footprint facilitates the integration of GPS functionality into a
 variety of mobile devices without adversely affecting product form factor and
 size. Additionally, the board is enclosed in an RF shield, eliminating the
 need for designing shielding into products.
 
     Availability
     The M-Loc MPM module is expected to be available in July of 2001 through
 Trimble's Component Technologies distribution channels.
 
     About Trimble
     Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS)
 technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments
 GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and
 software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence
 and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging
 applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance,
 asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure.
 Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than
 2,200 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
     For an interactive look at company news and products, visit Trimble's Web
 site at http://www.trimble.com .
 
 SOURCE  Trimble

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