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Trimble Introduces Nomad Rugged Handheld Computer with 806 MHz Processor, VGA Display, Integrated GPS, Wireless and Optical Capabilities


Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today its most versatile and feature-packed rugged mobile devices to date—the Nomad™ series of handheld computers. The Nomad comes standard with an 806 MHz processor, 128 MB of memory and integrated Bluetooth technology. In addition, a range of optional configurations are available including an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, a bar code scanner, a digital camera, and 802.11g (WiFi). The Nomad’s design and features make it a powerful mobile computing solution for public safety, land surveying, field service, engineering and construction, utilities, mapping, military and other outdoor or service-related applications.

With Trimble’s Nomad handheld computer, users can easily collect, save and transmit data while in the field. Integrated GPS gives users location data for navigation. Users can also collect bar code information with the Nomad’s integrated laser scanner as well as capture color images for inspections and maintenance with the 2-megapixel digital camera. Plus, users can take advantage of the Nomad’s CompactFlash (CF) and Secure Digital (SDIO) slots to add more devices such as memory and RFID.

In addition to its standard built-in features and range of options, the Nomad handheld computer offers top-of-the-line performance with a 5200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, up to 1 GB of Flash memory and a daylight-visible VGA touch screen display. The battery provides users with 15 hours or more of active use without a recharge. The Nomad’s VGA display is sharp and clear in sunlight, presenting maps and other graphic-intensive files in better detail than a typical QVGA display. It also comes with Windows Mobile® 6, the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for mobile devices.

“The Nomad has several features—including the 800 MHz processor, a full VGA display and Windows Mobile 6—that truly qualify it as best in class,” said Dale Kyle, rugged handhelds product manager for Tripod Data Systems, a Trimble company. “Combining the Nomad�s rugged design with these features makes it an ideal choice for field-to-office connectivity to increase productivity.”

The Nomad series of rugged handheld computers will be available in four configurations:

800B — the standard configuration with 512 MB Flash memory and Bluetooth
800L — 1 GB Flash memory, GPS, Bluetooth and 802.11g
800LC — 1 GB Flash memory, GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11g and digital camera
800LE — 1 GB Flash memory, GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11g, digital camera and bar code laser scanner
As with other Trimble rugged handheld computers, the Nomad series meets the MIL-STD-810F standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. It also comes with an IP67 rating, which means it is completely sealed against dust and can survive immersion in up to a meter of water for approximately 30 minutes. Weighing just 21 ounces (595 grams), the Nomad is shaped to fit comfortably in a user�s hand.

The Nomad 800B and 800L are available now. The Nomad 800LC and 800LE are expected to be available in August 2007. The Nomad series of handheld computers are priced from US$1,699 to US$2,499 MSRP.


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