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 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) and its development partner Socket Communications today announced the world's first GPS receiver that is completely self-contained on a Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) Type II PC Card. William Dussell, Trimble major accounts manager, said, "The Trimble Mobile GPS receiver met the design challenges of completely integrating the GPS receiver on the Type II PC card itself." The fully integrated approach provides a compact and rugged solution and an external antenna maximizes flexibility. Mobile GPS is the ultimate plug and play solution for the mobile computing market.
 The PCMCIA standard, adopted by Apple, AT&T, IBM and more than 400 other companies, is a key enabling technology for bringing GPS to the rapidly growing mobile computing market. The term "mobile computing" implies location independent operation in which determining one's position is often a real-time operation requirement. Applications for GPS, a satellite-based location system, include personal navigation systems, field data collection, public safety, emergency disaster response, real estate appraisals and sales, insurance claims adjustment, inventory control, consumer guides and a broad array of government uses.
 The new completely integrated PCMCIA Type II Trimble Mobile GPS receiver will be available first quarter 1994. In April of this year, Trimble and Socket announced the world's first GPS receiver using the Type II PCMCIA interface. Intended primarily as a software development platform, supporting DOS, Windows and PenPoint, this initial product offering consists of a GPS unit and a separate PCMCIA serial interface card and has received widespread industry acceptance. In June, the PenPoint application programming interface (API) developed by PenStuff Inc., University of Florida and IBM, Boca Raton was adopted by AT&T and GO Corp. and published as the PenPoint operating system standard for GPS.
 NOTE: Trimble Navigation is a world leader in the emerging commercial markets for satellite-based navigation, positioning and communication data products. These products are sold in a variety of international vertical markets including land survey, seismic and hydrographic survey, GIS data capture, military, general aviation, commercial and military aviation, marine, communications, tracking and OEM. Founded in 1978 and located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been a leader in providing GPS solutions since 1984.
 Founded in 1992, Socket Communications is a PCMCIA technology company that designs, manufactures and markets a family of PCMCIA I/O card products.
 AT&T Microelectronics, Personal Communications Systems, located in Santa Clara, Calif., designs, manufactures and markets the Hobbit family of processors for personal communicator applications.
 GO Corp., a subsidiary of EO Inc., develops, markets and supports PenPoint, its pen-based operating system for mobile applications. PenStuff Inc., a privately held company in Rochester, N.Y., is a developer of field data collection applications for mobile computing.
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 /CONTACT: Barbara Thomas, 408-481-7808, or Bill Dussell, 408-481-8915, both of Trimble Navigation; or Jerry Houston of Socket Communications, 510-670-0300; or Doug Sherk or Miriam Adler, 415-296-7383, or David Walke or Stephanie Ferrell, 212-850-5600, all of Morgen-Walke Associates, for Trimble Navigation/

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