1/23/2003 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced the BD950, a real-time kinematic (RTK) compact GPS card for high-precision guidance and control applications. Featuring extremely low power and a small form factor, the BD950 receiver is designed to allow OEMs and system integrators to easily add centimeter-level positioning to specialized or custom hardware solutions.
"The BD950 is ideal for system integrators who need a small, accurate and low-power GPS solution," said Jürgen Kliem, Trimble's division vice president of survey for Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Division. "It is easy to integrate and the perfect choice for a wide range of positioning applications in the agriculture, construction, mining, marine, survey, GIS, and seismic markets."
With the lowest power consumption of any dual-frequency RTK GPS/WAAS/EGNOS receiver on the market today, the BD950 uses less than 1.5 watts of power. The card's extremely low power requirement results in longer battery life, less heat generation, increased component life, and a more portable end-user product.
The BD950 is accurate and fast with the highest level of precision. Dynamic platforms, such as autonomous machinery, require virtually instantaneous position reports multiple times per second. The receiver provides horizontal accuracies of 20 mm and vertical accuracies of 30 mm. This accuracy is complemented by its responsiveness. The BD950 delivers positions to guidance or control loop software with a latency of less than 20 milliseconds.
Interfacing and configuration is easy with the BD950. The card is designed to plug right into an application with minimal development. An easy-to-use application file interface enables the receiver to be completely programmed with a single command. The BD950 can also be configured by a Windows-based Configuration Toolbox and or MS Controller software which is included with the receiver starter kit. Multiple configurations can be stored as files and activated when needed.
Another advantage offered by the BD950 is that it is easily upgradable. With only a password, a customer may purchase a lower cost basic L1 receiver and later upgrade to a full L1/L2 RTK unit.
Trimble's new BD950 GPS compact card is available now through Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Division worldwide sales organization.
About Trimble's Geomatics and Engineering Division
Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that will change the way construction work is done. The Geomatics and Engineering Division is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. From concept to completion, Trimble's integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.
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 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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