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May 4, 2007
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LIVERMORE, Calif. -- The world’s first GPS + GLONASS capable 3-D machine control systems from Topcon Positioning Systems are adding advanced G3 technology, allowing the user the future option to receive the European Union’s planned Galileo satellite constellation.

Topcon Positioning Systems’ new machine receiver incorporates Topcon’s unique Paradigm G3 chip that provides 72 universal channels that can be configured to simultaneously track up to 36 different satellites. This maximum satellite reception allows machinery to maintain satellite control in the most minimal sky-view conditions including open pit mines, heavily forested areas, and in urban canyons.

“From Day 1 with our GPS+GLONASS technology, Topcon has put a premium on keeping machines running in all conditions,” said Murray Lodge, TPS director of construction sales. “Now with G3 we have made our systems future-proof in the area of satellite reception.”

In addition to the receiver, Topcon is introducing three upgraded GNSS antennas to bring G3 performance to its complete line of 3-D machine control, including high-precision Millimeter GPS+:

-- MC-A3 single antenna for single or dual mast installations

-- MC-A3D twin antenna for single mast installations

-- PZS-MC3 Millimeter GPS+ receiver / antenna

Each of these components can be used with existing Topcon 3D-GPS+ system to add G3 capability, Lodge said.

About Topcon Positioning Systems: Topcon Positioning Systems, a developer and manufacturer of positioning equipment, offers the world’s leading selection of innovating precision GPS, GIS, laser, agriculture, optical surveying, and machine control products, software, and applications. Topcon Corporation is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).

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