GPS company Trimble announces its 1st Windows-based portable computer
Marvin Hlavac
Trimble, a leading provider of advanced positioning solutions used in surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping, announces its very first Windows-based portable computer, Yuma, a rugged tablet PC with a built-in GPS receiver.

Trimble Adds Yuma Tablet to its Family of Outdoor Rugged Computing Products
All-in-one Mobile Computing Solution Brings Full Office Capabilities to the Field

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2009 — Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today introduced the Yuma™ rugged tablet computer, an all-in-one outdoor computing solution that can transport a user's office to the field, forest, desert or boardroom. Known for its family of rugged handheld computers, Trimble brings the same durability, reliability and feature-rich design to the Yuma's versatile tablet configuration making it a powerful mobile computing solution for public safety, field service, forestry, utilities, mapping, military and other outdoor or service-related applications.

The Trimble Yuma tablet is a fully functional computer that runs the Windows Vista Business operating system. Standard features include integrated WiFi connectivity, Global Positioning System (GPS) and two geotag-enabled cameras. The Yuma tablet is expandable via two USB 2.0 slots—a 34 pin Expresscard and SDIO slot. The seven-inch sunlight-readable WVGA color touch screen is ideal for a host of mapping and form-based applications.

The versatile Yuma tablet brings full office capabilities to the field in a mobile package with its Microsoft Windows environment and wireless connectivity. With this true all-in-one computing tool, a mobile worker has greater flexibility for use. The Yuma tablet is at home in the harshest outdoor conditions as a hand-carried computer, mounted on a tripod or pole for data collection, or secured in a vehicle-mount for use as a computer on the road. It is equally adept in a climate-controlled office.

The Yuma tablet delivers the same survivability and versatility users expect from Trimble's outdoor rugged handheld computers. With a 1.6 GHz processor and a 32 GB solid-state hard drive, the Yuma tablet computer has no moving parts. This allows for operation in extreme arctic cold, hot desert sand or in a vehicle on unimproved roads. As with other Trimble rugged mobile computers, the Yuma meets stringent MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibration and humidity. Its IP67 rating means it's impervious to dust and water and it operates in temperatures from -30 to 60 °C.

Approximately the size of a hardback book (5.5 inches high x 9 inches wide x 2 inches in width), the Trimble Yuma weighs only 2.6 pounds. It provides instant access to the Internet via expansion ports or a third-party cellular modem or satellite phone. The functionality of the Yuma tablet can be further expanded with an optional office docking station for connecting to an external monitor, printer or other office peripherals.

"Connectivity in the field is vital for mobile workers," said Shawn Curtis, marketing manager for Trimble's Mobile Computing Solutions Division. "Today, they demand integrated solutions that are reliable and easy-to-use, so they can be more efficient and avoid the need to transcribe information once they return to the office. With the Yuma tablet, Trimble delivers just that. Now, workers can carry their office wherever they work. Its dynamic mix of ergonomic design, ruggedness and computing speed comes at a cost of ownership that?s very attractive in the tablet computer market today."

The Trimble Yuma tablet computer is expected to be available in April 2009. For more information about Trimble outdoor rugged handheld computers, visit www.trimble.com/rugged, e-mail handhelds@trimble.com or call 541-750-9200.
Ken in Regina
I'll bet that little puppy will cost an arm and half a leg! Looks like just the sort of thing Tom needs for geocaching in the woods instead of his Asus.

Very Nice!
That looks bloody awesome!

I think I might have to start selling the family so I can get one!:rofl"

Mandolin Guy
Trimble makes very high quality equipment. If it's priced like their other items, it will probably be at least $2500. They haven't announced a price yet.

Their stuff is not made for the casual user.
Yes, consumers have been able to take advantage of mass economies of scale (and low profit margins). Things cost a lot more in the professional market, where production runs are small, and requirements are more stringent.

Compared to one of their many Windows CE handhelds, this thing is going to eat batteries. Must be intended for the "have car and inverter" market.

Asus is supposed to be coming out with a touchscreen EEE in a few months, after Windows 7 releases. If it comes in at a reasonable cost, then it could really bring touchscreen computing to the masses.
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