SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced the release of an improved Trimble Recon outdoor rugged handheld computer featuring a new display and a PowerBoot Module with increased battery capacity, longer battery life and shorter charging time.
The improved Recon features an increase in battery capacity from 3,800mAh to 4,000mAh, with appreciably shorter charging time. A new charge termination feature ends the charging cycle when the battery is at full capacity, preventing overcharging and prolonging the battery's life. The new PowerBoot Module also reduces battery memory effect, making it an ideal choice for field professionals who require frequent recharges.
The Recon's new high-resolution, sunlight-visible QVGA display shows graphics and maps in crisp detail even in the brightest outdoor environments.
"These improvements to the Recon increase its practical usability and versatility in the field," said Rob Davis, director of sales and marketing for Tripod Data Systems (TDS), a Trimble company. "The upgraded Recon is ideal when users need shorter charging times or want to leave the Recon on a charger until needed, without worrying about shortening the battery life span. And the new display makes the Recon even more ideal for outdoor use."
The price for the improved Recon will not increase. TDS will offer a bundle for existing Recon users wishing to upgrade to the new extended capacity battery. This bundle will include an international charger that meets the new battery's increased voltage requirement. Recon owners currently using an international charger will be able to upgrade the battery only.
As with Trimble's entire line of rugged handheld computers, the Recon is designed for all-day operation in extreme outdoor and industrial environments. It meets MIL-STD-810F military standards for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. Impervious to water and dust, it carries an IP67 rating. The Recon's rugged construction makes it ideal for public safety, field service, utilities, military and other outdoor or service-related applications. It weighs just 17 ounces, and its rounded edges provide a comfortable grip.
The Recon runs Windows Mobile 6, providing persistent storage to keep data secure and an array of familiar programs such as Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile. The Recon also offers optional integrated Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless, a 200- or 400-MHz Intel XScale processor, 64 MB of SDRAM, and up to 256 MB of internal nonvolatile Flash storage. It also features two CompactFlash slots plus a standard 9-pin serial port and a high-speed USB port for connecting to a PC.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring positioning 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 in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,600 employees in more than 18 countries.